Today in History
In 1793 President Washington holds his first Cabinet meeting.
In 1836 Samuel Colt patents the revolver.
In 1870 Hiram R. Revels, becomes the first black member of the U.S. Senate as he was sworn in to serve out the unexpired term of Jefferson Davis.
In 1901 U.S. Steel Corporation is established by J.P. Morgan.
In 1913 The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, is adopted.
In 1919 Oregon is the first state to tax gasoline (1 cent per gallon).
In 1922 L.T. Brown sets a high-jump record at 6 feet, 4.75 inches.
In 1933 The Ranger, the first U.S. aircraft carrier, is launched at Newport News, Virginia.
In 1940 A hockey game is televised for the first time on WXBS/New York.
In 1943 During World War II, U.S. troops reoccupied the Kasserine Pass.
In 1948 Communists seize power in Czechoslovakia.
In 1950 "Your Show Of Shows" starring Sid Caesar debuts on NBC-TV.
In 1956 Soviet leader Khrushchev harshly criticizes the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow.
In 1957 Professional football goes under anti-trust laws.
In 1964 Cassius Clay (later Mohammad Ali) defeats Sonny Liston in seven rounds for the world heavyweight championship.
In 1967 Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler" serial killer, is recaptured.
In 1977 Soyuz 24 returns to Earth.
In 1977 Idi Amin of Uganda holds 240 Americans hostage.
In 1979 Soyuz 32 is launched.
In 1983 Playwright Tennessee Williams is found dead in his New York hotel suite. He was 71.
In 1986 Former Philippines President Ferdinand E. Marcos flees after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election. Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency.
In 1987 Alabama State Trooper affirmative action upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1988 Panama's civilian president, Eric Arturo Delvalle announces the dismissal of General Manuel Noriega as commander of the country's Defense Forces. The next day, Panama's National Assembly voted to oust Delvalle.
In 1990 Nicaraguans go to the polls in an election that results in an upset victory for the alliance opposed to the ruling Sandinistas.
In 1991 During the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans are killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
In 1992 The U.S. Supreme Court rules prison guards who use unnecessary force against inmates may be violating the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
In 1993 President Clinton orders the Pentagon to mount an airdrop of relief supplies into Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In 1994 American immigrant Baruch Goldstein opens fire with automatic rifle at the Tomb of the Patriarch in Hebron, West Bank, killing 29 Arabs and wounding 100 before he was beaten to death.
In 1994 Nancy Kerrigan wins the silver medal in the Olympics while Tonya Harding finishes eighth.
In 1996 Suicide bombers kill 27 and wound more than 80 others on a city bus in Jerusalem and a soldiers' hitchhiking post in the coastal cityof Ashkelon.
In 1996 A 12-mile tether connecting half-ton satellite to space shuttle Columbia breaks.
In 1996 Cambodian activist Dr. Haing S. Ngor, who won an Academy Award for his performance in the 1984 movie "The Killing Fields," is shot to death outside his Los Angeles apartment.
In 1997 Jurors convict multi-millionaire John E. du Pont of third-degree murder, deciding he was mentally ill when he killed world-class wrestler David Schultz.
In 1997 China's elite bids a final farewell to Deng Xiaoping, the country's last major revolutionary leader.
In 1998 The U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of bankers, saying credit union enrollment went beyond federal law.
In 2000 A jury in Albany, NY, acquits four, white New York police officers in the shooting death of unarmed African immigrant Amadou Diallo.
In 2001 Commander Scott Waddle of the U.S. submarine that struck and sank a Japanese trawler off Hawaii expresses his "most sincere regret,"but stopped short of an apology.
In 2002 Former NBA star Jayson Williams is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of his limo driver, Costas Christofi.
In 2003 Roh Moo-hyun becomes South Korea's new president.
In 2014 "The Dating Game" host Jim Lange dies of a heart attack. He was 81.