Today In History...
   In 1620 Susanna and William White's son Peregrine is born while the
           Mayflower is in the Massachusetts Bay, becoming the first child
           born of English parents in what's now known as New England.
   In 1789 New Jersey becomes the first state to ratify Bill of Rights.
   In 1820 A wounded, enraged whale rammed and sank the "Essex" inspiring
           Herman Melville to write "Moby Dick."
   In 1888 William Bundy invents the first timecard clock.
   In 1910 Revolution breaks out in Mexico, led by Francisco I. Madero.
   In 1914 The State Department begins requiring photographs for passports.
   In 1929 The radio program "The Goldbergs" debuts on NBC Blue Network.
   In 1931 The first commercial teletype service begins.
   In 1945 24 accused Nazi World War II criminals go on trial in Nuremberg,
   In 1947 Britain's future queen Princess Elizabeth marries Philip
           Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey.
   In 1947 "Meet the Press" makes it's network TV debut on NBC.
   In 1953 First airplane to exceed 1300 mph - Scott Crossfield.
   In 1959 The United Nations issues its "Declaration of the Rights of the
           Child," saying countries have an obligation to ensure "a happy
           childhood" for the world's young people.
   In 1962 President John F. Kennedy lifts the naval quarantine to end the
           Cuban Missle Crisis.
   In 1967 At 11am, the Census Clock at the Department of Commerce ticks past
           200 million.
   In 1969 Cheyenne, WY, has a record snowfall of 25.6 inches in 24 hours.
   In 1969 The Nixon administration announces a halt to residential use of the
           pesticide DDT.
   In 1970 A majority in the U.N. General Assembly votes to give China a seat,
           but the two-thirds majority for admission is not met.
   In 1971 Hunting from airplanes is outlawed.
   In 1973 Comedian Allen Sherman dies of respiratory failure at age 48.
   In 1975 Spain's absolute ruler General Francisco Franco dies at age 82.
   In 1977 Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears rushes for a NFL-record 275
           yards in one game.
   In 1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to
           address Israel's parliament.
   In 1980 United Artists recalls its $36 million movie "Heaven's Gate" for
   In 1981 Anatoly Karpov of the USSR retains the world chess championship.
   In 1983 100 million viewers tune in for the ABC-TV movie "The Day After."
   In 1984 United Nations Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick resigns her post.
   In 1985 Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev hosts the second day of meetings
           with President Reagan at their Geneva summit.
   In 1986 The director of the World Health Organization, Dr. Halfdan Maher,
           announces the first coordinated global effort to combat the deadly
           disease AIDS.
   In 1987 Investigating police say arson was unlikely in a London subway fire
           that killed 30.
   In 1989 More than 200,000 people rally peacefully in Prague, Czechoslovakia,
           demanding democratic reforms and the ouster of Communist Party
           leader Milos Jakes.
   In 1990 Saddam Hussein orders another 250,000 Iraqi troops to Kuwait.
   In 1990 The space shuttle Atlantis lands at Cape Canaveral, FL, after
           completing a secret military mission.
   In 1991 California Democrat Alan Cranston is reprimanded by the Senate for
           his dealings with former savings-and-loan chief Charles H. Keating.
   In 1992 Fire seriously damages the northwest side of Windsor Castle, the
           favorite weekend home of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
   In 1993 The U.S. Senate passes the Brady Bill, which imposed a five-day
           waiting period for handgun purchases, by a vote of 63-36.
   In 1994 The Angolan government and rebels sign a treaty in Zambia to end 19
           years of war, even as fighting continued in their homeland.
   In 1995 The Food and Drug Administration approves 3TC, the first new therapy
           for use as an initial AIDS treatment in nearly a decade.
   In 1995 Federal employees idled during a government shutdown return to their
   In 1995 Olympic figure skating champion Sergei Grinkov dies of a heart
           attack in Lake Placid, NY.
   In 1995 BBC Television broadcasts an interview with Princess Diana, who
           admitted being unfaithful to Prince Charles.
   In 1996 House Republicans choose Newt Gingrich to be speaker for a second
   In 1996 39 people are killed when fire broke out in a building in Hong Kong.
   In 2000 A French judge orders the U.S.-based portal Yahoo! to block Web
           surfers in France from an auction where Nazi memorabilia is sold.
   In 2000 Alberto Fujimori resigns as president of Peru.
   In 2000 Lawyers for Al Gore and George W. Bush appear before the Florida
           Supreme Court over whether the presidential election recount should
           be allowed to continue.
   In 2001 Federal health officials approve the sale of the world's first
           contraceptive patch, Ortho-Evra.
   In 2004 Scientist Ancel Keys, who invented the K rations eaten by soldiers

           in World War II, dies at age 100.


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