This Day In History
1845 - The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, MD.
1865 - The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt.
1886 - The tuxedo dinner jacket made its U.S. debut in New York City.
1887 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company.
1911 - China's Manchu dynasty was overthrown by revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen.
1913 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson triggered the explosion of the Gamboa Dike that ended the construction of the Panama Canal.
1928 - "Hold Everything" opened on Broadway.
1932 - "Betty and Bob" began on radio.
1932 - "Judy and Jane" began on radio.
1933 - Dreft, the first synthetic detergent, went on sale.
1937 - The Mutual Broadcasting System debuted "Thirty Minutes in Hollywood".
1938 - Nazi Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
1943 - Chaing Kai-shek took the oath of office as the president of China.
1957 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, the finance minister of Ghana, after the official had been refused service in a Dover, DE, restaurant.
1959 - Pan American World Airways announced the beginning of the first global airline service.
1963 - A dam burst in Italy killing 3,000 people.
1965 - The Red Baron made his first appearance in the "Peanuts" comic strip.
1970 - Pierre Laporte, the labor minister of Quebec, was kidnapped by the Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ) during the October Crisis in Canada. He was found eight days later strangled to death.
1973 - U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with federal income tax evasion.
1973 - Fiji became independent after of nearly a century of British rule.
1977 - Joe Namath played the last game of his National Football League (NFL) career.
1978 - The U.S. bill authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar was signed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
1984 - The U.S. Congress passed the 2nd Boland Amendment which outlawed solicitation of 3rd-party countries to support the Contras. The amendment barred the use of funds available to CIA, defense, or intelligence agencies for "supporting, directly or indirectly, military or paramilitary operations in Nicaragua by any nation, group, organization or individual."
1985 - U.S. fighter jets forced an Egyptian plane to land in Italy so that the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achilles Lauro could be arrested.
1986 - An estimated 1,500 people were killed when an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale struck San Salvador, El Salvador.
1987 - Tom McClean finished rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. It set the record at 54 days and 18 hours.
1991 - The United States cut all foreign aid to Haiti in reaction to a military coup that forced President Jean-Claude Aristide into exile.
1994 - Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras resigned as Haiti's commander-in-chief of the army and pledged to leave the country.
1994 - Iraq announced it was withdrawing its forces from the Kuwaiti border. No signs of a pullback were observed.
1995 - Gary Kasparov won a chess championship against Viswanathan Anand that had lasted about a month.
1997 - The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, opened to the public. Architect Frank Gehry designed the 450 ft. long and 98 ft. wide building.
2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush presented a list of 22 most wanted terrorists.
2003 - Rush Limbaugh announced that he was addicted to painkillers and that he was going to check into a rehab center.
Whose Birthday Is It?
Giuseppe Verdi 1813
Helen Hayes 1900
Johnny Green 1908
Ivory Joe Hunter 1914
Thelonious Monk 1917
Louis Gottlieb 1923
James Clavell 1924
Edward D. Wood, Jr. 1924
Paul Kruger 1925
Richard Jaeckel 1926
Harold Pinter 1930
Bruce Devlin 1937
Dallas Smith 1941
Peter Coyote 1942
Joanna Shimkus 1944
Ben Vereen 1946
John Prine 1946
Charles Dance 1946
Pete Mahovalich 1948
Cyril Neville 1948
Jessica Harper 1949
Midge Ure 1953
David Lee Roth 1955
Tanya Tucker 1958
Kirsty MacColl 1959
Martin Kemp 1961
Jim Glennie 1963
Rebecca Pidgeon 1965
Mike Malinin 1967
Brett Favre 1969
Dean Roland 1972
Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1974
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