Today In History...
In 1782 The Continental Congress elects John Hanson of Maryland its chairman, giving him the title of "President of the United States in Congress assembled."
In 1875 Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the presidential election for Ulysses S. Grant.
In 1895 George B. Selden of Rochester, New York, receives the first U.S. patent for an automobile.
In 1911 Calbraith P. Rodgers arrives in Pasadena, CA, having completed the first American coast-to-coast flight in 49 days.
In 1912 Woodrow Wilson is elected president, defeating Progressive Republican Theodore Roosevelt and incumbent William Howard Taft, who ran on the regular GOP ticket.
In 1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt wins an unprecedented third term as the U.S. President defeating Republican Wendell L. Willkie.
In 1942 American showman George M. Cohan dies in New York at age 64.
In 1944 British official Lord Moyne is assassinated in Cairo, Egypt, by the Zionist Stern gang.
In 1946 Massachusetts Democrat John F. Kennedy is elected to Congress.
In 1955 22 years after development, the first stereo broadcast is heard.
In 1956 Britain and France begin landing forces in Egypt during fighting between Egyptian and Israeli forces around the Suez Canal. A cease-fire is declared two days later.
In 1958 El Capitan, earth's most impressive granite cliff, is conquered for the first time by a 3-man climbing team.
In 1967 ATS-3 is launched by the U.S. to take the first pictures of the Earth as a whole.
In 1968 Richard M. Nixon defeats Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and third-party candidate George C. Wallace for the presidency.
In 1974 Ella T. Grasso is elected governor of Connecticut, the first woman to win U.S. governorship without succeeding her husband.
In 1981 Buckingham Palace announces that Princess Diana is expecting her first child. (Prince William is born the following June.)
In 1982 President Reagan chooses Donald Hodel to be the new energy secretary succeeding James Edwards.
In 1983 In a gesture of Christian unity, Pope John Paul II releases a letter praising Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation.
In 1985 Mormon Church president Spencer W. Kimball dies in Salt Lake City at the age of 90; he is succeeded by Ezra Taft Benson.
In 1986 The White House reaffirms a U.S. ban on weapons sales to Iran as it sought to curb speculation that an arms deal with Tehran might have been connected to the release of American hostage David Jacobsen.
In 1987 U.S. Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg admits he used marijuana several times in the '60s and '70s, calling it a mistake.
In 1987 President Reagan names Frank Carlucci to succeed retiring Caspar W. Weinberger as U.S. Secretary of Defense.
In 1989 Stock scammer Ivan Boesky is released from a Lompoc, CA, prison.
In 1990 Rabbi Meir Kahane, a Brooklyn-born extremist who campaigned to drive Arabs from Israel, is shot to death after delivering a speech at a New York Hotel.
In 1991 Nearly 7,000 are killed in floods in the Philippines.
In 1991 The Senate confirms Robert M. Gates as director of the CIA.
In 1991 Actor Fred MacMurray (My Three Sons) dies at age 83.
In 1991 Publishing magnate Robert Maxwell dies at age 68.
In 1992 Malice Green, a black motorist, dies when he was beaten by Detroit police officers outside a suspected crack house.
In 1993 Talks on restoring ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power collapse when military representatives failed to attend.
In 1994 Former president Ronald Reagan discloses he has Alzheimer's disease.
In 1994 At age 45, George Foreman becomes boxing's oldest heavyweight champion after knocking out Michael Moorer in 10th round.
In 1995 An endless procession of Israelis file past the simple wooden coffin of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated the night before.
In 1996 Voters return President Clinton to the White House for a second term, but keep Congress in Republican control.
In 1996 Mississippi Governor Kirk Fordice is hospitalized after car rolls off Interstate 55 and he is seriously injured.
In 1996 Russian president Boris Yeltsin successfully undergoes a quintuple heart bypass.
In 1997 The U.S. House of Representatives approves a bill calling for the most far-reaching changes at the IRS in 45 years.
In 1998 Scientists publish a genetic study with strong evidence that Thomas Jefferson fathered at least one child of his slave, Sally Hemings.
In 2000 Abdelkhader El Mouaziz wins the New York City Marathon, becoming the first Moroccan champion. Ludmila Petrova became the first Russian champion, winning the women's division.
In 2001 Hurricane Michelle sweeps past the Bahamas with 85 mph winds, flooding houses and cutting power.
In 2002 Randy Johnson wins his record-tying fourth straight National League Cy Young Award.