Today In History...
In 1703 St. Petersburg (Leningrad) is founded by Peter the Great.
In 1896 255 people are killed when a tornado strikes St. Louis, MO, and East St. Louis, IL; thousands were left homeless.
In 1907 The Bubonic Plague breaks out in San Francisco.
In 1919 The first pop-up toaster is patented by Charles Strite of Minnesota.
In 1921 After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty.
In 1929 Charles Lindbergh marries Anne Spencer Morrow in Englewood, NJ.
In 1930 Cellophane and masking tapes are patented by Richard G. Drew.
In 1933 Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning animated short "The Three Little Pigs" is first released.
In 1935 The U.S. Supreme Court declares the National Industrial Recovery Act unconstitutional.
In 1936 The ocean liner, "Queen Mary," leaves England on its maiden voyage.
In 1937 The Golden Gate bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California, opens to the public.
In 1941 Amid rising world tensions, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares an "unlimited national emergency."
In 1941 The German battleship Bismarck sinks off France, killing 2,300.
In 1964 Independent India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, dies.
In 1964 The James Bond film "From Russia With Love" is released in theaters.
In 1977 New York City fines "human fly" George Willig $1.10, one penny for each story of the World Trade Center he scaled the day before.
In 1983 A federal grand jury indicted former EPA official Rita M. Lavelle for contempt of Congress.
In 1985 Britain and China exchange instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997.
In 1986 President Reagan scraps 2 Poseidon submarines to stay within the SALT II treaty.
In 1987 Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wraps up a 3-day visit to Romania.
In 1988 The Senate votes, 93-5, to ratify a treaty eliminating land-based medium-range nuclear missiles.
In 1990 Cesar Gaviria Trujillo is elected president of Columbia.
In 1990 Burma holds its first free, multiparty elections in 3 decades.
In 1991 Ethiopia orders its troops to lay down their arms in the face of a rebel advance.
In 1992 The 12-nation European Community imposes trade sanctions on Serbia to stop its interference in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In 1993 The House of Representatives approves a massive deficit-reduction, tax-increase bill by a vote of 219-213.
In 1993 The Canadian House of Commons approves the North American Free Trade Agreement.
In 1993 5 people are killed in a bombing at the Uffizi museum of art in Florence, Italy.
In 1994 British forces officially leave Berlin, Germany.
In 1994 Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia to the cheers of thousands after spending two decades in exile.
In 1995 Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed after he was thrown from his horse during a jumping event.
In 1996 Russian President Boris Yeltsin negotiates a cease-fire to the war in Chechnya in his first meeting with the rebels' leader.
In 1997 The U.S. Supreme Court rules Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton while he is in office.
In 1997 27 people are killed when a tornado strikes Jarrell, Texas.
In 1997 Russian President Boris Yeltsin joins 16 NATO leaders, including President Clinton, in Paris to sign a historic agreement giving Moscow a voice in NATO affairs.
In 2000 Freight cars loaded with hazardous chemicals explode in Eunice, LA, forcing the evacuation of thousands.
In 2002 President Bush commemorates Memorial Day at Normandy American Cemetery in France, honoring the 9,387 men and women buried there.
In 2003 Derrick Todd Lee, a suspected serial killer of women in Louisiana, is arrested in Atlanta.
In 2006 Angelina Jolie gives birth to her and Brad Pitt's daughter Shiloh in Namibia.