Today In History...
In 1616 Sir Walter Raleigh is released from the Tower of London.
In 1727 Physicist, mathematician and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton dies in London.
In 1760 The "Great Fire of Boston" destroys 349 buildings.
In 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte enters Paris, beginning his "Hundred Days" rule.
In 1816 The U.S. Supreme Court, in its Martin vs. Hunter's Lessee ruling, affirms its right to review state court decisions.
In 1833 The U.S. and Siam (now Thailand) conclude a commercial treaty in Bangkok.
In 1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin," is published.
In 1885 John Matzeliger patents the shoe lacing machine.
In 1899 U.S. Marines land in Nicaragua to protect U.S. citizens in the wake of a revolution.
In 1899 Martha Place of Brooklyn, New York, becomes the first woman to die by electrocution for the murder of her stepdaughter.
In 1922 The first aircraft carrier, the USS Langley, is commissioned.
In 1934 Rudolf Kuhnold demonstrates a primitive form of radar.
In 1942 During World War II, General Douglas MacArthur vowed, "I shall return," having left the Philippines for Australia.
In 1956 Union workers end an 156-day-old strike against Westinghouse.
In 1963 The first "Pop Art" exhibition takes place in New York City.
In 1969 President Richard Nixon says he will end the Vietnam war in 1970.
In 1972 Nineteen mountain climbers on Japan's Mount Fuji are killed in an avalanche.
In 1976 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup.
In 1980 The U.S. appeals to the International Court on hostages in Iran.
In 1981 Jean Harris is sentenced 15 years to life for the slaying of the Scarsdale Diet doctor.
In 1984 A Soviet ship is damaged by a mine off Nicaragua.
In 1984 In a major defeat for President Reagan, the Senate rejects a constitutional amendment to permit organized spoken prayer in public schools by a 56-44 vote.
In 1985 Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the "Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race" in Alaska.
In 1987 The Food and Drug Administration approves the sale of AZT, a drug shown to prolong the lives of some AIDS patients.
In 1988 An airplane flying over Shoreline Park in Mountain View, CA, catches the kite string of 8-year-old DeAndra Anrig, lifting her 10 feet in the air and carrying her 100 feet before she let go.
In 1988 PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat blames the Israeli government for escalating violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
In 1989 Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth confirms that his office was investigating Cincinnati Reds Manager Pete Rose.
In 1990 Namibia becomes an independent nation ending 75 years of South African rule.
In 1991 The U.S. shoots down an Iraqi warplane saying it violated the Gulf War cease fire.
In 1991 The U.S. Supreme Court rules employers could not adopt "fetal protection" policies barring women of childbearing age from certain hazardous jobs.
In 1992 Threatened with possible air raids, Iraq admits far larger ballistic and chemical arsenals than disclosed earlier.
In 1993 An Irish Republican Army bomb explodes in Warrington, England, killing 3-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry.
In 1994 El Salvador holds its first presidential election following the country's 12-year-old civil war.
In 1995 12 people are killed and nearly 5,000 others are sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin leak on five separate Tokyo subway trains.
In 1996 Erik and Lyle Menendez are convicted of first-degree murder in slayings of parents in Los Angeles.
In 1997 The British government said that a rare brain disease that had killed 10 people was probably linked to so-called "mad cow disease."
In 1997 President Clinton and Boris Yeltsin open talks in Helsinki, Finland, on the expansion of NATO.
In 1997 Liggett Group, maker of Chesterfield cigarettes, settles 22 state lawsuits by agreeing to warn on every pack that smoking is addictive and admitting the industry markets cigarettes to teen-agers.
In 1998 Democracy activists appeals to the Chinese government to set up an independent monitor of human rights in China.
In 1998 India's new Hindu nationalist-led government pledges to "exercise the option to induct nuclear weapons."
In 1999 Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of Britain become the first to fly a hot-air balloon around the world nonstop.
In 2000 President Clinton arrives in Bangladesh on the first such visit by an American president.
In 2000 Former Black Panther Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, once known as H. Rap Brown, is arrested in Alabama for the fatal shooting of a sheriff's deputy. Al-Amin maintained he was innocent.
In 2000 Pope John Paul II begins the first official visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to Israel, fulfilling his dream of a millennial pilgrimage in the footsteps of Jesus.
In 2001 In a Navy court, the skipper of the USS Greeneville accepts sole responsibility for the February 9 collision of his submarine with a Japanese trawler off Hawaii that killed nine Japanese.
In 2004 The U.S. military charges six soldiers with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
In 2012 Disney's movie "John Carter" records one of the largest losses in
cinema history with a $200 million dollar write down.
In 2020 The first day of Spring.