Today In History...
In 1861 Georgia becomes the 5th state to secede from the Union.
In 1903 The first regular transatlantic radio broadcast between the U.S. and England begins.
In 1915 Georges Claude patents neon.
In 1937 Millionaire Howard Hughes sets the transcontinental air speed record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours, 28 minutes.
In 1944 The federal government relinquishes control of the nation's railroads following settlement of a wage dispute.
In 1955 "The Millionaire" premieres on television.
In 1955 A presidential news conference is filmed for television for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In 1966 Indira Gandhi is elected prime minister of India.
In 1970 President Richard Nixon nominates G. Harrold Carswell to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the nomination was defeated over Carswell's racial views.
In 1977 In one of his last acts in office, President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino, an American who had made wartime broadcasts for Japan as "Tokyo Rose."
In 1978 Volkswagon makes its last "Bug," ending production of some 19 million since 1938.
In 1979 Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell is released on parole after serving 19 months at a federal prison at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
In 1980 Former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas dies at age 81.
In 1981 The agreement to release the Iran hostages is made, but not honored until the next day (after Ronald Reagan takes office).
In 1981 New York City proclaims a drought emergency.
In 1983 Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone concludes two days of trade talks with President Ronald Reagan.
In 1984 The California Supreme Court rejects a petition from quadriplegic Elizabeth Bouvia, who wanted to starve herself to death in a public hospital.
In 1987 Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's first Republican governor since 1874 as he is sworn into office, succeeding George C. Wallace.
In 1988 State Farm loses a multi-million dollar sex discrimination case brought by three former employees.
In 1989 The Senate Foreign Relations Committee votes unanimously to recommend that the full Senate approve the nomination of James A. Baker to be U.S. Secretary of State.
In 1990 Arthur J. Goldberg, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, labor secretary and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is found dead in his apartment at age 81.
In 1993 Attorney General-designate Zoe Baird apologizes to the Senate Judiciary Committee for hiring illegal aliens as domestic help.
In 1993 The first American combat troops fly home from their humanitarian mission in Somalia.
In 1994 Figure skater Tonya Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, surrenders to authorities in Portland, OR, after being charged with conspiring to attack rival skater Nancy Kerrigan.
In 1994 President Clinton visits earthquake-stricken Los Angeles, where he pledged fast federal help.
In 1995 Dusan Boljevic, 47, becomes the first Serb soldier to be convicted of war atrocities and is sentenced to 20 years in prison.
In 1995 Russian troops regain control of the presidential palace in Grozny, the capital of the breakaway republic of Chechnya.
In 1996 The Bosnian peace agreement suffers its first setback as a planned nationwide prisoner release fell far short of its goal.
In 1997 With Yasser Arafat, Palestinians celebrate the takeover of most of Hebron after three decades of Israeli occupation.
In 1997 Riot police beat demonstrators in Albania demanding restitution for money lost in pyramid schemes.
In 1999 White House Counsel Charles Ruff opens the defense at President Clinton's impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.
In 2000 Michael Skakel, nephew of Robert F. Kennedy, is charged with bludgeoning a girl to death in 1975.
In 2002 Israel troops blow up the official Palestinian broadcasting building, in a retaliatory blow against Yasser Arafat.
In 2003 President Fidel Castro and millions of other Cubans vote in parliamentary elections where all 609 candidates ran uncontested.