This Day In History
1507 - Leonardo DaVinci was commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her. The work is known as the Mona Lisa.
1631 - The Reverend John Eliot arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was the first Protestant minister to dedicate himself to the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity.
1793 - Stephen F. Austin was born. He was the principal founder of Texas.
1796 - John Adams was elected the 2nd U.S. President.
1839 - The first Opium War between China and Britain erupted.
1892 - The first automatic telephone went into service at LaPorte, IN. The device was invented by Almon Strowger.
1900 - The first automobile show in the United States opened at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1903 - Panama proclaimed its independence from Columbia.
1934 - The first race track in California opened under a new pari-mutuel betting law.
1941 - Japanese Ambassador John Grew warned that the Japanese may be planning a sudden attack on the U.S.
1952 - Frozen bread was offered for sale for the first time in a supermarket in Chester, NY.
1953 - The Rules Committee of organized baseball restored the sacrifice fly. The rule had not been used since 1939.
1957 - Sputnik II was launched by the Soviet Union. It was the second manmade satellite to be put into orbit and was the first to put an animal into space, a dog named Laika.
1973 - The U.S. launched the Mariner 10 spacecraft. On March 29, 1974 it became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury.
1975 - "Good Morning America" premiered on ABC-TV.
1979 - Five members of the Communist Workers' Party are shot to death in broad daylight at an anti-Ku Klux Klan rally in Greensboro, NC. Eight others were wounded.
1986 - The Ash-Shiraa, pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran to secure the release of seven American hostages. The story turned into the Iran-Contra affair.
1987 - China told the U.S. that it would halt the sale of arms to Iran.
1991 - Israeli and Palestinian representatives held their first-ever face-to-face talks in Madrid, Spain.
1992 - Carol Moseley-Braun became the first African-American woman U.S. senator.
1994 - Susan Smith of Union, SC, was arrested for drowning her two sons. Nine days earlier Smith had claimed that the children had been abducted by a black carjacker.
1995 - U.S. President Clinton dedicated a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
1998 - Bob Kane, the creator of Batman, died at the age of 83.
1998 - A state-run newspaper in Iraq urged the country to prepare for to battle "the U.S. monster."
1998 - Minnesota elected Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a former pro wrestler, as its governor.
2003 - In Kabul, Afghanistan, a post-Taliban draft constitution was unveiled.
Whose Birthday Is It?
John Montague 1718
William Cullen Bryant 1794
Bronko (Bronislaw) Nagurski 1908
James Reston 1909
Bob Feller 1918
Charles Bronson 1921
Wanda Hendrix 1928
Peggy McCay 1931
Monica Vitti 1931
Ken Berry 1933
Micheal Dukakis 1933
John Barry 1934
Briam Poole 1941
Steve Landesberg 1945
Shadoe Stevens 1946
Tom Shales 1948
Mike Evans 1949
Larry Holmes 1949
Roseanne Barr 1952
Kate Capshaw 1953
Dennis Miller 1953
Adam Ant 1954
Phil Simms 1956
Lee Montgomery 1961
Ian McNabb 1962
Elizabeth Smart 1988
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