This Day In History
1558 - Elizabeth I ascended the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary Tudor.
1603 - Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason.
1796 - Catherine the Great of Russia died at the age of 67.
1798 - Irish nationalist leader Wolfe Tone committed suicide while in jail awaiting execution.
1800 - The U.S. Congress held its first session in Washington, DC, in the partially completed Capitol building.
1869 - The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas.
1880 - The first three British female graduates received their Bachelor of Arts degrees from London University.
1903 - Russia's Social Democrats officially split into two groups - Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.
1904 - The first underwater submarine journey was taken, from Southampton, England, to the Isle of Wight.
1913 - The steamship Louise became the first ship to travel through the Panama Canal.
1913 - In Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm banned the armed forces from dancing the tango.
1922 - Siberia voted for union with the U.S.S.R.
1962 - Washington's Dulles International Airport was dedicated by U.S. President Kennedy.
1968 - NBC cut away from the final minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a TV special, "Heidi," on schedule. The Raiders came from behind to beat the Jets 43-32.
1970 - The Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon, the Lunokhod 1. The vehicle was released by Luna 17.
1973 - U.S. President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, FL, "people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook."
1979 - Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
1988 - Benazir Bhutto became the first woman leader of an Islamic country. She was elected in the first democratic elections in Pakistan in 11 years.
1990 - A mass grave was discovered by the bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. The bodies were believed to be those of World War II prisoners of war.
1990 - The Soviet government agreed to change the country's constitution.
1997 - 62 people were killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt. The attackers were killed by police.
1997 - Mario Lemieux was voted into the NHL Hall of Fame.
2001 - "Toys "R" Us Times Square - The Center of the Toy Universe" opened in New York City.
2006 - Sony's PlayStation 3 went on sale in the United States.
Whose Birthday Is It?
Louis XVIII (France) 1755
Bernard Law (Britain) 1887
Lee Strasberg 1901
Rock Hudson 1925
Sir Charles Mackerras 1925
Bob Mathias 1930
Gordon Lightfoot 1938
Gene Clark 1941
Martin Scorsese 1942
Danny DeVito 1944
Lauren Hutton 1944
Lorne Michaels 1944
Tom Seaver 1944
Jim Babjak 1957
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio 1958
William Moses 1959
Dylan Walsh 1963
Daisy Fuentes 1966
Ronnie DeVoe 1967
Jeff Allen 1968
Leslie Bib 1973
Brandon Call 1976
Isaac Hanson 1980
Justin Cooper 1988
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