Today In History...
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, Germany.
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 Missile 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 re-editing.
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 jobs.
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 term.
In 1996 39 people are killed when fire broke out in a building in HongKong.
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.