Today In History...
In 1733 James Oglethorpe and 130 settlers establish Savannah, Georgia.
In 1794 President Washington approves a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union.
In 1854 Anthony Foss obtains a patent for the accordion.
In 1893 Britain's Independent Labor Party holds its first meeting.
In 1898 Emile Zola's famous defense of Captain Alfred Dreyfuss, "J'accuse," is published in Paris, France.
In 1906 The first advertisement for a radio, a Telimco selling for $7.50, appears in "Scientific American."
In 1910 Radio pioneer and electron tube inventor, Lee Deforest arranges the first radio broadcast to the public, featuring opera singer Enrico Caruso and other stars of the Metropolitan Opera.
In 1920 A New York Times editorial says "rockets can never fly."
In 1930 Retired U.S. Marshall Wyatt Earp dies at age 81.
In 1941 Novelist, James Joyce dies in Zurich, Switzerland.
In 1947 The "Steve Canyon" comic strip premieres.
In 1962 TV comedian Ernie Kovacs dies in a car crash in Los Angeles.
In 1966 Robert C. Weaver becomes the first black Cabinet member when he is appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
In 1966 Adam West and Burt Ward star in the premiere of "Batman" on ABC-TV.
In 1971 Apollo XIV is launched.
In 1978 Former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey dies at age 66.
In 1982 An Air Florida 737 taking off in a snowstorm crashes intoWashington DC's 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing78 people.
In 1985 South Africa's worst ever railroad accident kills 392.
In 1987 West German police arrest Mohammed Ali Hamadi, a suspect in the1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner.
In 1987 Gunmen in Lebanon abduct French reporter Roger Auque. He was released along with another hostage, Jean-Louis Normand in, the following November.
In 1988 The U.S. Supreme Court rules, 5-3, that public school official shave broad powers to censor school newspapers and plays.
In 1988 President Reagan and Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita meet at the White House to discuss trade.
In 1989 New York City gunman Bernhard Goetz is sentenced to 1 year in prison for possessing an unlicensed gun.
In 1998 Three masked men rob two Brinks guards of $1.17 million inside New York's World Trade Center.
In 2001 An earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale strikes ElSalvador killing more the 840 people.
In 2002 President Bush fainted briefly after choking on a pretzel while watching a football game.
In 2004 Harold Shipman, the British doctor blamed for killing at least 215 elderly patients, hangs himself in his prison cell.
In 2012 A luxury cruise ship, Costa Concordia, runs aground at Isola del Giglio, Italy, with the loss of 32 lives.
In 2013 "Argo" wins the Golden Globe awards for best drama and best director