Today In History...
In 1621 The Mayflower sails from Plymouth, MA, on a return trip to England.
In 1792 George Washington casts the first presidential veto, rejecting a congressional measure for apportioning representatives among states.
In 1887 In Tuscumbia, Alabama, teacher Anne Sullivan achieves a major breakthrough with her blind and deaf pupil, Helen Keller, by conveying to her the meaning of the word "water."
In 1887 In a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, British historian Lord Acton writes, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
In 1894 11 strikers are killed in a riot at Connellsville, Pennsylvania.
In 1895 Oscar Wilde loses his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, who'd accused the writer of homosexual practices; Wilde ended up being convicted on a morals charge, and was sent to prison.
In 1915 Jess Willard defeats Jack Johnson for the heavyweight crown.
In 1923 Firestone puts their inflatable tires into production.
In 1951 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death following their conviction on charges of being atomic spies for the Soviet Union.
In 1964 Army General Douglas MacArthur dies in Washington at age 84.
In 1965 "My Fair Lady" wins the Academy Award for Best Picture, and one of its stars, Rex Harrison, is named Best Actor; Julie Andrews won Best Actress for "Mary Poppins."
In 1971 Fran Phillips is the first woman to reach the North Pole.
In 1972 A tornado kills six and injures 300 in Vancouver, Washington.
In 1973 Pioneer XI is launched toward Jupiter.
In 1974 The World Trade Center opens in New York City.
In 1975 Soyuz 18A tries to lift-off.
In 1975 Nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek dies in Taipei at age 87.
In 1976 Reclusive billionaire, Howard Hughes dies in Houston at age 72.
In 1980 An anonymous party purchases an 1856 British Guiana one-cent magenta stamp at an auction in New York City for $850,000.
In 1983 France expels about 50 Soviet diplomats and officials, accusing them of trying to steal military secrets.
In 1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers becomes the all-time scoring leader in the NBA, as he reached a career total 31,421 during a game with the Utah Jazz.
In 1985 Tennis player John McEnroe says, "Any man can beat any woman at any sport, especially tennis."
In 1985 Japan notifies the U.S. it would end all commercial whaling by 1988.
In 1986 The boomerang record, 396 feet (throw, return and catch), is set.
In 1986 An American soldier and a Turkish woman are killed in the bombing of a West Berlin discotheque, an incident which prompted the U.S. air raid on Libya more than a week later.
In 1987 The "Tracey Ullman Show" becomes the first Fox Network series.
In 1988 A 15-day hijacking ordeal begins as gunmen force a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet to land in Iran.
In 1989 Poland approves open elections, the Solidarity labor union is legalized and the Roman Catholic Church was recognized.
In 1989 Joseph Hazelwood, former captain of the Exxon Valdez supertanker that leaked nearly 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound, surrenders to authorities in New York.
In 1990 The U.S. and the Soviet Union announce that President Bush and Soviet President Gorbachev will hold their first full-scale summit in the United States in late May-early June.
In 1991 Former Texas Senator John Tower, his daughter and 21 other people are killed in a commuter plane crash near Brunswick, Georgia.
In 1992 Peru's President Alberto Fujimori suspends his country's constitution and dissolved Congress.
In 1992 In Washington, DC, a crowd estimated by authorities at 500,000 marches in support of abortion rights.
In 1992 Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton dies in Little Rock, AR, at age 74.
In 1993 The European Community calls for tighter sanctions on Serbia to try
to force Belgrade's allies in Bosnia to accept a peace plan.
In 1994 The longest serving member of the U.S. Congress, Jamie Whitten, announces his retirement after first being elected in November, 1941.
In 1995 The U.S. House of Representatives approves the Republican tax-cut package.
In 1997 Allen Ginsberg, the counterculture guru who shattered conventions as poet laureate of the Beat Generation, dies at age 70.
In 1998 Environment chiefs from the top eight industrialized nations announce curbs to smuggling hazardous waste, endangered species and substances that damage ozone layer.
In 1999 The UN suspends sanctions against Libya after Moammar Gadhafi surrendered two suspected Libyan intelligence agents for trial in the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
In 1999 In Laramie, WY, Russell Henderson pleads guilty to kidnapping and murder in the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student.
In 2004 Flash floods kill some three dozen people in northern Mexico.
In 2018 Traditionally considered the day Noah's Ark reached dry land.