Today In History...
In 1800 Congress holds its first session in Washington, DC, in the partially completed Capitol building.
In 1869 The Suez Canal opens in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.
In 1889 The Union Pacific Railroad Company begins daily direct service between Chicago and Portland, as well as Chicago and San Francisco.
In 1917 Sculptor August Rodin dies in Meudon, France.
In 1934 Lyndon B. Johnson marries Claudia Alta Taylor aka "Lady Bird."
In 1940 The Green Bay Packers become first NFL team to travel by plane.
In 1948 Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize the steel industry.
In 1959 Synthetic diamonds are made for the first time.
In 1962 President Kennedy dedicates Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C.
In 1968 NBC upset football fans by cutting away from the final minutes of a Jets-Raiders game to begin the telefilm "Heidi" on schedule.Viewers missed seeing the Raiders come from behind to beat the Jets, 43-32.
In 1970 The Soviet Union lands Lunokhod One, an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon.
In 1973 President Nixon tells the Associated Press "...people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook."
In 1977 Egyptian President Sadat accepts an invitation to visit Israel.
In 1979 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini orders the release of 13 female and black American hostages held at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
In 1982 South Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim is legally declared dead by a judge in Las Vegas, NV, four days after he was left in a comma from a boxing match against Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini.
In 1983 Greyhound Bus Lines, struck two weeks earlier by more than 12,000 employees, resumes limited service with non-union drivers.
In 1987 A federal jury in Denver, CO, convicts two Neo-Nazis and acquitted two others of civil rights violations in the 1984 slaying of radio talk show host Alan Berg.
In 1987 Retiring Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger receives an elaborate send-off on the grounds of the Pentagon.
In 1988 President-elect Bush announces that New Hampshire Governor John Sununu would be his White House chief of staff.
In 1988 Hollywood gossip columnist Sheilah Graham dies at age 84.
In 1989 The Senate Ethics Committee hires an outside counsel to look into allegations of improprieties against six senators.
In 1991 Secretary of State James Baker concludes a 3-day visit to China.
In 1992 Senators John Kerry (MA), Tom Maschle (SD) and Hank Brown (CO) make an unprecedented tour of Vietnam's military headquarters, but found nothing to substantiate reports of American prisoners sighted there after the Vietnam War.
In 1993 The House of Representatives vote, 234-200, to approve legislation implementing the North American Free Trade Agreement.
In 1994 Francisco Martin Duran, the Colorado man accused of an assault-rifle attack on the White House, is charged with trying to assassinate President Clinton.
In 1995 Admiral Richard C. Macke calls the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl "absolutely stupid" and said in Washington the incident could have been avoided if the servicemen had simply paid for sex.
In 1996 A Russian space probe launched toward Mars hurtles back to Earth.
In 1996 The World Food Summit concludes a 5-day meeting in Rome.
In 1997 Islamic militants dressed as police spray gunfire on foreign tourists outside one of Egypt's most renowned temples, killing 62.
In 1997 The FBI officially pulls out of the probe into TWA Flight 800, saying the explosion was not caused by a criminal act.
In 1998 The House Judiciary Committee releases 22 hours of telephone tape recordings secretly made of Monica Lewinsky by Linda Tripp.
In 1998 Actress Esther Rolle dies in Culver City, CA, at age 78.
In 2001 Lennox Lewis knocks out Hasim Rahman in the fourth round to win back his WBC and IBF heavyweight titles.
In 2002 Abba Eban, the statesman who helped persuade the world to approve the creation of Israel, dies near Tel Aviv; he was 87.
In 2003 John Allen Muhammad is convicted of two counts of capital murder in the Washington-area sniper shootings.
In 2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn in as the 38th governor ofCalifornia.
In 2004 Kmart said it would acquire Sears in an $11 billion deal.