Today In History...
In 1604 The supernova called "Kepler's nova" is first sighted.
In 1869 Franklin Pierce, the 14th U.S. president, dies in Concord, NH.
In 1871 In one of America's worst urban fires, the Chicago Fire destroys over 17,000 buildings and claims over 200 lives.
In 1896 Dow Jones starts reporting an average of industrial stocks.
In 1918 Sgt. Alvin York almost single-handedly kills 25 German soldiers and captures 132 earning him the Medal of Honor during World War I.
In 1934 Bruno Hauptmann is indicted for murder in the death of the infant son of Charles A. Lindbergh.
In 1935 Ozzie and Harriet Nelson are married.
In 1940 The Cincinnati Reds win the World Series in game seven as they defeat the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, in 10 innings.
In 1944 The "Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" debuts on CBS radio, an event that coincided with Ozzie and Harriet Nelson's ninth wedding anniversary.
In 1945 President Truman announces that atomic bomb secrets would only be shared with Britain and Canada.
In 1956 Don Larsen pitches the only perfect game ever in a World Series as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 2-0.
In 1957 The Brooklyn Baseball Club announces it would accept an offer to move the Dodgers from New York to Los Angeles.
In 1966 The U.S. government bans the drug LSD.
In 1970 Soviet author Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for literature.
In 1978 Kenneth Warby sets the world speed record on water at 514 kph.
In 1981 President Reagan greets Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford and Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral.
In 1982 The government of Poland bans all labor organizations, including Solidarity.
In 1984 Planes from Iraq hit a tanker in the Persian Gulf killing six of the crewmen.
In 1985 The hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro kill American passenger Leon Klinghoffer and dump his body and wheelchair overboard.
In 1986 State Department spokesman Bernard Kalb resigns over a reported effort by the Reagan administration to mislead the news media about Libya.
In 1987 U.S. helicopter gunships in the Persian Gulf sink 3 Iranian patrol boats after an American observation helicopter was fired on.
In 1988 Pope John Paul II addresses the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights in eastern France.
In 1989 Tens of thousands pro-democracy demonstrators showed up for Mikhail Gorbachev's visit to East Germany.
In 1990 Israeli police open fire on rioting Palestinians on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, killing 17.
In 1990 The U.S. House approves a revised deficit-reducing budget plan, and both chambers of Congress approve stopgap spending legislation to end a government shutdown.
In 1990 American doctors Joseph E. Murray and E. Donnall Thomas are named recipients of the Nobel Prize for medicine.
In 1991 The U.S. Senate postpones its vote on Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination to investigate allegations that he'd sexually harassed a former aide, Anita Hill.
In 1992 Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt dies at age 78.
In 1993 The U.S. government issues a report absolving the FBI of wrongdoing in its final assault in Texas on the Branch Davidian compound, which went up in flames, killing 85 people.
In 1994 President Clinton responds to the massing of Iraqi troops near the Kuwaiti border by ordering additional U.S. forces to the region.
In 1995 On the final day of his fourth U.S. pilgrimage, Pope John Paul II celebrates Mass at Oriole Park in Baltimore.
In 1996 Pope John Paul II undergoes a successful operation to remove an inflamed appendix.
In 1997 The Martian probe Pathfinder yields evidence that the planet may have supported life.
In 1997 South and North Korea agree to open their skies to each other's commercial flights for the first time in 50 years.
In 1998 Delegates vote Canada and the Netherlands into UN Security Council.
In 1999 President Clinton dedicates a new U.S. embassy in Ottawa, Canada.
In 1999 Laila Ali, the 21-year-old daughter of Muhammad Ali, makes her professional boxing debut by knocking out opponent April Fowler 31 seconds after the opening bell in Verona, NY.
In 2000 Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski is elected to a second 5-year term.
In 2001 A SAS airliner taking off from Milan, Italy, hit a private jet, careened into an airport building and exploded, killing 118 people.
In 2001 17 from Virginia are killed when a dive boat capsized during a hurricane in Belize.
In 2001 American Leland H. Hartwell wins the Nobel Prize in medicine.
In 2002 A federal judge approves President Bush's request to reopen West Coast ports, ending a 10-day labor lockout costing the U.S. economy an estimated $1-$2 billion a day.
In 2004 Martha Stewart reports to a West Virginia prison to serve 5-month sentence for lying about stock sale.