Today In History...
In 1759 George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married.In 1838 Samuel Morse made the first public demonstration of the telegraph in Morristown, New Jersey.
In 1893 The Great Northern Railway connected Seattle with the east coast.
In 1912 New Mexico became the 47th U.S. state.
In 1914 The stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch was founded.
In 1919 Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. president, died at age 60.
In 1930 First diesel engine automobile trip was completed.
In 1936 Barbara Hanley became Canada's first woman mayor.
In 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his "Four Freedoms" speech in which he outlined four goals: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom from fear.
In 1942, the Pan American Airways "Pacific Clipper made the first around-the-world commercial airplane flight."
In 1945 George Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, New York.
In 1950 Britain recognized the Communist government of China.
In 1963 "Wild Kingdom" premiered on NBC-TV.
In 1967 U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Deckhouse, an offensive in the Mekong River delta.
In 1982 Truck driver William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles as the "freeway killer" who tortured and murdered 10 young men and boys in Southern California.
In 1983 President Reagan signed a bill boosting the federal gasoline tax by a nickel to 9 cents per gallon to raise money for road repair and transportation needs.
In 1984 The first test-tube quadruplets were born in Australia.
In 1984 Texaco reached an agreement to acquire Getty Oil Company, resulting in a lawsuit from Pennzoil, which charged Texaco had wrongly interfered in Pennzoil's merger agreement with Getty.
In 1986 One person died, and 100 were hospitalized when a cylinder of nuclear waste bursts open at the Kerr-McGee plant in Gore, Oklahoma.
In 1987 Members of the U.S. Senate voted, 88-4, to establish an 11-member panel to hold public hearings on the Iran-Contra affair.
In 1988 The USSR announced it would withdraw an estimated 115,000 soldiers from Afghanistan in the coming year.
In 1989 The U.S. presented photographic evidence to the UN to justify the downing of two Libyan jet fighters as self-defense, evidence the Libyan ambassador said was faked.
In 1992 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called on surgeons to stop using silicone gel breast implants because of safety questions.
In 1992, the U.S. joined the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israel's planned deportation of 12 Palestinians.
In 1993 Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev died in Paris at age 54.
In 1993 Authorities in northwest Nevada rescued Jennifer Stolpa and her infant son, Clayton, after Mrs. Stolpa's husband, James, succeeded in reaching help following the family's 8-day ordeal in the snow-covered desert.
In 1994 U.S. Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right knee by an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
In 1994 President Clinton's mother, Virginia Kelley, died in Hot Springs, AR, at age 70.
In 1996 President Clinton offered a 7-year balanced-budget plan using Congressional Budget Office figures.
In 1997 House Speaker Newt Gingrich met behind closed doors with Republican lawmakers, answering questions about admitted ethics violations.
In 1998 President Clinton unveiled a proposal to offer Medicare coverage to thousands of uninsured Americans between 55 to 64.
In 2001 Congress formally certified George W. Bush as the winner of the 2000 presidential election.
In 2002 Argentina announced the devaluation of its peso, ending a policy pegging the currency one-to-one with the U.S. dollar.
In 2003, thousands of U.S. Marines, sailors, and soldiers headed for the Persian Gulf region for Iraq.
In 2004 Hitting star Paul Molitor and reliever Dennis Eckersley were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame.