Today In History...
In 1861 Jefferson Davis is elected to a 6-year term as president of the Confederacy.
In 1862 The first direct telegraphic link between New York and SanFrancisco is established.
In 1869 The first intercollegiate football game is played in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as Rutgers defeats Princeton 6 goals to 4.
In 1888 Republican Senator Benjamin Harrison wins the presidential election, defeating incumbent Democrat Grover Cleveland.
In 1900 President McKinley is re-elected, beating Democratic challenger William Jennings Bryan.
In 1906 Republican Charles Evans Hughes is elected governor of New York, defeating newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.
In 1913 Mohandas K. Gandhi is arrested as he leads a march of Indian miners in South Africa.
In 1928 In a first, the results of Herbert Hoover's election victory over Alfred E. Smith were flashed on an electric sign outside of the The New York Times.
In 1939 WGY-TV in Schenectady, New York, the first commercially licensed television station, begins service.
In 1956 President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon win re-election defeating Democrats Adlai E. Stevenson and Estes Kefauver.
In 1962 Massachusetts Democrat, Edward M. Kennedy is elected to the Senate.
In 1976 Benjamin L. Hooks is chosen to be the new executive director of the National Association of Colored People, succeeding Roy Wilkins.
In 1977 39 people are killed when an earthen dam bursts, sending a 30-foot wall of water through the campus of Toccoa Falls Bible College in Georgia.
In 1981 Sweden releases a Soviet submarine that had run aground in a secret military zone 11 days earlier.
In 1983 American forces wrap up the Granada invasion.
In 1984 President Reagan is elected to a second term, winning 49 states over Democratic challenger Walter F. Mondale.
In 1984 The New Orleans World's Fair files for bankruptcy.
In 1985 22nd Space Shuttle Mission - Challenger 9 returns to Earth.
In 1985 Floods kill over 40 people in the mid-Atlantic states.
In 1985 Leftist guerrillas belonging to Colombia's April 19 Movement seize control of the Palace of Justice in Bogota.
In 1986 Former Navy radioman John A. Walker Jr., the admitted head of a family spy ring, is sentenced in Baltimore to life in prison.
In 1986 President Reagan signs a landmark immigration reform bill.
In 1987 Education Secretary William Bennett, acting with President Reagan's approval, asks Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg to withdraw from consideration because of revelations he had used marijuana.
In 1989 Kitty Dukakis, wife of Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis, is hospitalized after ingesting rubbing alcohol.
In 1990 About one-fifth of the Universal Studios backlot in southern California is destroyed in an arson fire.
In 1991 Kuwait celebrates the dousing of the last oil fires ignited by Iraq during the Persian Gulf War.
In 1993 Heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield defeats Riddick Bowe in a 12-round fight in Las Vegas.
In 1994 About 300 people crowd into a small church in Union, SC, for the funeral of 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex Smith, who were drowned by their mother, Susan Smith.
In 1995 Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announces plans to move his team to Baltimore.
In 1995 Funeral services are held in Jerusalem for assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
In 1996 A day after being re-elected, President Clinton receives resignations from his secretaries of state, defense, energy and commerce.
In 1996 A cyclone strikes southeastern India, claiming an about 1,000lives.
In 1999 During his visit to India, Pope John Paul II praises Christian missionaries and exhorted his bishops to spread the Christian message across Asia.
In 1999 Australians reject a referendum to drop Britain's queen as their head of state.
In 2000 Surgeons in Manchester, England, separate conjoined twin girls, a procedure that allowed one of the girls to die.
In 2001 Billionaire Republican Michael Bloomberg defeats Democrat MarkGreen in New York City's mayoral race.
In 2004 The designers of SpaceShipOne, the first privately manned rocket to fly into space, are handed a $10 million check and the Ansari X Prizetrophy.