Today In History...
In 1886 Poet Emily Dickinson dies in Amherst, MA.
In 1911 The U.S. Supreme Court orders the dissolution of the Standard Oil Company (Amoco, Exxon, Chevron), ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
In 1918 Airmail postal service begins between Washington, Philadelphia and New York City.
In 1930 The first airline stewardess, Ellen Church, flies for United Airlines on a flight between San Francisco and Cheyenne, WY.
In 1940 The first nylon stockings are sold in America.
In 1941 Joe DiMaggio begins his 56-game hitting streak against the White Sox in Yankee Stadium.
In 1942 During World War II, gasoline rationing goes into effect in 17 states, limiting sales to three gallons a week for non-essential vehicles.
In 1948 Hours after declaring its independence, the new state of Israel is attacked by Transjordon, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.
In 1958 The Soviet Union launches Sputnik III.
In 1963 U.S. astronaut L. Gordon Cooper blasts off aboard Faith VII on the final mission of Project Mercury space program.
In 1963 Judy Garland's last film, "I Could Go On Singing," opens.
In 1969 U.S. Supreme Court justice Abe Fortas resigns in a controversy over his past legal fees.
In 1970 Phillip Gibbs and James Green, two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, are killed when police open fire during student protests.
In 1970 President Richard Nixon appoints the first two U.S. female generals.
In 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George C. Wallace is shot and left paralyzed while campaigning at a shopping center in Laurel, Maryland. Wallace's assailant, Arthur Bremer, was sentenced to 63 years in prison.
In 1973 Nolan Ryan throws the first of his seven no-hitters as the California Angels beat the Kansas City Royals, 3-0.
In 1983 Israel and Lebanon reach an agreement on the text of a U.S. sponsored accord for Israel troop withdrawl from Lebanon.
In 1985 Gary Dotson and the woman he was once accused of raping, Cathleen Crowell Webb, appear on the TV network morning shows to discuss Webb's recantation of the rape charge.
In 1986 "Hands Across America" is turned into a free event.
In 1986 Searchers on Oregon's Mount Hood find two teen-age survivors of a hiking expedition that became trapped in a whiteout blizzard. Nine other climbers died.
In 1987 President Reagan tells a gathering of out-of-town reporters at the White House he did not consider himself "mortally wounded" by the Iran-Contra affair.
In 1988 The Soviet Union begins withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, more than 8 years after troops had entered the country.
In 1989 Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrives in Beijing for the first Sino-Soviet summit in 30 years, a visit overshadowed by pro-democracy demonstrations led by Chinese students.
In 1990 Congressional leaders and Bush administration officials begin a bipartisan summit on the fiscal 1991 budget and its deficit.
In 1991 President Bush takes Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland A's.
In 1991 French President Francois Mitterrand appoints Edith Cresson to be France's first female premier.
In 1992 A judge in Los Angeles orders police officer Laurence Powell retried on a charge of excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. (The charge was eventually dropped).
In 1995 Dow Corning files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing potentially astronomical expenses from liability lawsuits.
In 1996 Senator Bob Dole announces resignation from the Senate to campaign for the U.S. presidency.
In 1997 The Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off with repair equipment and an American astronaut bound for the Mir space station.
In 1999 Russian President Boris Yeltsin survives an impeachment vote in the Russian parliament.
In 2000 Sierra Leone rebels holding 500 UN peacekeepers release 139 of their captives into Liberian custody.
In 2000 By a five-to-four vote, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a key provision of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, saying that rape victims could not sue their attackers in federal court.
In 2001 A runaway freight train travels about 70 miles through Ohio with no one aboard before a railroad employee jumped onto the locomotive and brought it to a stop.
In 2004 Colonel Robert Morgan, commander of the famed Memphis Belle B-17 bomber that flew combat missions over Europe during World War II, dies in Asheville, NC, at age 85.
In 2010 Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world.
In 2019 Peace Officer Memorial Day. Remember those who served and protected.