This Day In History
1776 - British troops captured Fort Washington during the American Revolution.
1864 - Union Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops began their "March to the Sea" during the U.S. Civil War.
1885 - Canadian rebel Louis Riel was executed for high treason.
1907 - Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th state.
1915 - Coca-Cola had its prototype for a contoured bottle patented. The bottle made its commercial debut the next year.
1933 - The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations for the first time.
1952 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Lucy first held a football for Charlie Brown.
1957 - Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns) set an NFL season rushing record of 1163 yards after only eight games.
1966 - Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard was acquitted in his second trial of charges he had murdered his pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.
1969 - The U.S. Army announced that several had been charged with massacre and the subsequent cover-up in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.
1973 - Skylab 3 carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, on an 84-day mission.
1973 - U.S. President Nixon signed the Alaska Pipeline measure into law.
1981 - A vaccine for hepatitis B was approved. The vaccine had been developed at Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research.
1982 - An agreement was announced on the 57th day of a strike by National Football League (NFL) players.
1985 - Colonel Oliver North was put in charge of the shipment of HAWK anti-aircraft missiles to Iran.
1988 - Estonia's parliament declared that the Baltic republic "sovereign," but stopped short of complete independence.
1994 - Major League Soccer announced that it would start its inaugural season in 1996.
1997 - China released Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident from jail for medical reasons. He had been incarcerated for almost 18 years.
1998 - In Burlington, Wisconsin, five high school students, aged 15 to 16, were arrested in an alleged plot to kill a carefully selected group of teachers and students.
1998 - It was announced that Monica Lewinsky had signed a deal for the North American rights to a book about her affair with U.S. President Clinton.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court said that union members could file discrimination lawsuits against employers even when labor contracts require arbitration.
1999 - Johnny Depp received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999 - Chrica Adams, the pregnant girlfriend of Rae Carruth, was shot four times in her car. She died a month later from her wounds. The baby survived. Carruth was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years and 11 months in prison for his role in the murder.
2000 - Bill Clinton became the first serving U.S. president to visit Communist Vietnam.
2004 - A NASA unmanned "scramjet" (X-43A) reached a speed of nearly 10 times the speed of sound above the Pacific Ocean.
Whose Birthday Is It?
Burgess Meredith 1908
Daws Butler 1916
Clu Gulager 1928
Hubert Sumlin 1931
Elizabeth Drew 1935
Joanna Pettet 1944
Steve Railsback 1948
David Leisure 1950
Zina Garrison-Jackson 1963
Dwight Gooden 1964
Lisa Bonet 1967
Tammy Lauren 1969
Martha Plimpton 1970
Oksana Baiul 1977
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