This Day In History
54 A.D. - The Roman emperor Claudius I died after being poisoned by his wife, Agrippina.
1775 - The U.S. Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.
1792 - The cornerstone of the Executive Mansion was laid in Washington, DC. The building became known as the White House in 1818.
1812 - American forces were defeated at the Battle of Queenstown Heights. The British victory effectively ended a further U.S. invasion of Canada.
1843 - B'nai B'rith, the Jewish organization, was founded by Henry Jones and eleven others in New York City, NY.
1854 - The state of Texas ratified a state constitution.
1924 - The play "The Guardsman" opened in New York City, NY.
1943 - During World War II, Italy signed an armistice with the Allies and declared war on Germany.
1944 - American troops entered Aachen, Germany, during World War II.
1944 - During World War II, British and Greek advance units landed at Piraeus.
1951 - In Atlanta, GA, a football with a rubber covering was used for the first time. Georgia Tech beat Louisiana State 25-7.
1953 - An ultrasonic burglar alarm was patented by Samuel Bagno.
1957 - Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra introduced the Ford Edsel on an hour long special.
1960 - The World Series ended on a home run for the first time. Bill Mazeroski's homerun allowed the Pirates to beat the Yankees.
1962 - "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opened on Broadway.
1967 - The first game of the new American Basketball Association was played.
1977 - Four Palestinians hijacked a Lufthansa airliner to Somalia. They demanded the release of members of the Red Army Faction.
1981 - Egyptian voters elected Vice President Hosni Mubarak as the new president one week after Anwar Sadat was assassinated.
1984 - Jesse Jackson appeared on "Saturday Night Live."
1989 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush called for an overthrow of the Panamanian ruler Manuel Antonio Noriega.
1990 - Le Duc Tho died at the age of 79. He was a co-founder of the Vietnamese Communist Party.
1992 - A commercial flight record was set by an Air France supersonic jetliner for circling the Earth in 33 hours and one minute.
1995 - Walt Disney World Resort admitted its 500-millionth guest.
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1998 - The National Basketball Association (NBA) canceled regular season games, due to work stoppage, for first time in its 51-year history.
1999 - The U.S. Senate rejected the ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
Whose Birthday Is It?
Mary Ludwig 1754
Rudolf Virchow 1821
Wilbur Shaw 1902
Herblock (Herbert Block) 1909
Cornel Wilde 1915
Burr Tillstrom 1917
Laraine Day 1920
Yves Montand 1921
Lou Saban 1921
Nipsey Russell 1924
Lenny Bruce 1925
Frank D. Gilroy 1925
Margaret Thatcher 1925
Eddie Yost 1926
Shirley Caesar 1928
Eddie Mathews 1931
Cliff Gorman 1936
Melinda Dillon 1939
Paul Simon 1941
Pamela Tiffin 1942
Jerry Jones 1943
Robert Lamm 1944
Karen Akers 1945
Demond Wilson 1946
Lacy J. Dalton 1946
Sammy Hagar 1947
John Lone 1952
Beverly Johnson 1952
Marie Osmond 1959
John Wiggins 1962
Jerry Rice 1962
Kelly Preston 1962
Rhett Akins 1969
Nancy Kerrigan 1969
Tisha Campbell 1970
Jan Van Sichem Jr. 1972
Tiffany Trump 1993
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