Today In History...

In 1851 Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
In 1858 The Donati Comet was first seen and named after its discoverer.
In 1883, the first non-league baseball game played under electric lights occurred in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
In 1886 President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom and became the first president (and to date the only) to wed while in office.
In 1896 Marconi was given a patent on his new invention, the radio.
In 1910 Pygmies were discovered in Dutch New Guinea.
In 1924 U.S. citizenship was granted to all American Indians.
In 1941 Baseball's "Iron Horse," New York Yankee Lou Gehrig, died at age 37 of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).
In 1946 The Italian monarchy was abolished in favor of a republic.
In 1953 Elizabeth II was 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 made the first soft landing on the moon and began 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 approved casino gambling in Atlantic City.
In 1979 John Paul II arrived in his native Poland and became the first pope to visit a communist country.
In 1983 23 people died when the fire broke out on an Air Canada jet, which was forced to make an emergency landing in Cincinnati.
In 1984 In Galway, Ireland, President Reagan criticized the Soviet Union during a speech that was cut short by a hailstorm.
In 1986 Jimmy Swaggart pressured Wal-Mart to remove 36 magazines, including Rolling Stone, from their shelves.
In 1986 The U.S. Senate began a 6-week tryout of TV coverage.
In 1987 President Reagan announced 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 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 1990 Actor Sir Rex Harrison died in New York at age 82.
In 1991 Pope John Paul II, on a pilgrimage to his native Poland, visited 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 clinched the Democratic presidential nomination as he won the six final primaries of the campaign.
In 1992, Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer were nominated to twin U.S. Senate seats in California.
In 1992 Danish voters rejected the Maastricht union treaty.
In 1993 South Africa's Supreme Court upheld Winnie Mandela's conviction for kidnapping four young blacks but said she would not have to serve her five-year prison terms.
In 1994 President Clinton met at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II.
In 1995 A U.S. Air Force F-16C was 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 was convicted of the deadliest act of terror on U.S. soil, a verdict watched by relatives of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing.
In 1997 Conservative President Jacques Chirac of France handed the premiership to former opposition leader Lionel Jospin.
In 1997 Three months and 1,200 miles later, two British explorers completed a first unsupported trip to the North Pole.
In 1998 Royal Caribbean Cruises agreed to pay $9 million to settle charges of dumping oily waste at sea.
In 1998 California voters approved Proposition 227, which effectively abolished the state's 30-year-old bilingual education program by requiring that all children be taught English.
In 2001 Nepal's Crown Prince Dipendra, on life support after killing at least 8 royal family members, including his parents, before turning the gun on himself, was named king by Nepal's State Council.
In 2001 Actress/comedian Imogene Coca dies at age 92.
In 2002 A fire broke out at Buckingham Palace, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people.
In 2003 President Bush, visiting the Middle East pledged to work to establish a Palestinian state.
In 2004 Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on "Jeopardy!"

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