Today In History

In 1851 Maine becomes the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
In 1858 The Donati Comet is first seen and named after it's discoverer.
In 1883 The first non-league baseball game played under electric lights takes place in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
In 1886 President Grover Cleveland marries Frances Folsom and becomes the first president (and to date the only) to wed while in office.
In 1896 Marconi is given a patent on his new invention, the radio.
In 1910 Pygmies are discovered in Dutch New Guinea.
In 1924 U.S. citizenship is granted to all American Indians.
In 1941 Baseball's "Iron Horse," New York Yankee Lou Gehrig, dies at age 37 of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).
In 1946 The Italian monarchy is abolished in favor of a republic.
In 1953 Elizabeth II is crowned Queen of Great Britain in Westminister Abby, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.
In 1966 The U.S. space probe Surveyor I makes the first soft-landing on the moon and begins transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface.
In 1975 Vice President Nelson Rockefeller said his commission found no widespread pattern of illegal activities in the CIA.
In 1977 New Jersey approves casino gambling in Atlantic City.
In 1979 John Paul II arrives in his native Poland and becomes the first pope to visit a communist country.
In 1983 23 people die when fire breaks out on an Air Canada jet, which is forced to make an emergency landing in Cincinnati.
In 1984 In Galway, Ireland, President Reagan criticizes the Soviet Union during a speech that was cut short by a hailstorm.
In 1986 Jimmy Swaggart pressures Wal-Mart to remove 36 magazines, including Rolling Stone, from their shelves.
In 1986 The U.S. Senate begins a 6-week tryout of TV coverage.
In 1987 President Reagan announces he was nominating economist Alan Greenspan to succeed Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
In 1988 The publishers of Consumer Reports magazine called for a ban on the Suzuki Samurai, a popular sport utility vehicle that the magazine said tended to roll over in sudden turns.
In 1988 Consumer Reports magazine calls for a ban on the Suzuki Samurai, a popular sport utility vehicle that the magazine said tended to roll over in sudden turns.
In 1990 Actor Sir Rex Harrison dies in New York at age 82.
In 1991 Pope John Paul II, on a pilgrimage to his native Poland, visits the town of Przemysl, less than 10 miles from the Soviet border; an estimated 10,000 Ukrainians crossed into Poland to see the pontiff.
In 1992 Bill Clinton officially clinches the Democratic presidential nomination as he won the six final primaries of the campaign.
In 1992 In California, Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are nominated to twin U.S. Senate seats.
In 1992 Danish voters reject the Maastricht union treaty.
In 1993 South Africa's Supreme Court upholds Winnie Mandela's conviction for kidnapping four young blacks, but said she would not have to serve any of her five-year prison term.
In 1994 President Clinton meets at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II.
In 1995 A U.S. Air Force F-16C is shot down by a Bosnian Serb surface-to-air missile while on a NATO air patrol in northern Bosnia. The pilot, Captain Scott F. O'Grady, was rescued six days later.
In 1997 Timothy McVeigh is convicted of deadliest act of terror on U.S. soil, a verdict watched by relatives of 168 people killed in Oklahoma City bombing.
In 1997 Conservative President Jacques Chirac of France hands premiership to former opposition leader Lionel Jospin.
In 1997 Three months and 1,200 miles later, two British explorers complete first unsupported trip to the North Pole.
In 1998 Royal Caribbean Cruises agrees to pay $9 million to settle charges of dumping oily waste at sea.
In 1998 California voters approve Proposition 227, which effectively abolished the state's 30-year-old bilingual education program by requiring that all children be taught in English.
In 2001 Nepal's Crown Prince Dipendra, on life support after killing at least 8 members of the royal family, including his parents, before turning the gun on himself, is named king by Nepal's State Council.
In 2001 Actress/comedian Imogene Coca dies at age 92.
In 2002 A fire breaks out at Buckingham Palace, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people.
In 2003 President Bush, visiting the Middle East, pledges to work for the establishment of a Palestinian state.
In 2004 Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on "Jeopardy!"
In 2011 Singer Pink and husband Carey welcomed baby daughter Willow Sage into the world.


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