Today In History...

In 1521 Magellan discovered Guam.
In 1665 "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society" was published.
In 1810 Illinois passed the first U.S. state vaccination legislation.
In 1834 The Canadian city of York was renamed Toronto.
In 1836 Davy Crockett, James Bowie, Col. William Travis, and 184 Texas soldiers were wiped out as the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, fell into the hands of the Mexican Army.
In 1857 The U.S. Supreme Court declared in its "Dred Scott" decision that Scott, an enslaved person, could not sue for his freedom in a federal court.
In 1906 Nora Blatch was the first woman elected to the American Society of Civil Engineers.
In 1930 Clarence Birdseye developed the quick-freezing food method.
In 1933 President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed a 10-day bank holiday.
In 1935 Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes died.
In 1944, U.S. bombers staged the first American raid against Berlin in World War II.
In 1950 Silly Putty was invented.
In 1957 Former British African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland became the independent state of Ghana.
In 1965, J.R. Willford made the first non-stop helicopter crossing of North America.
In 1967 The daughter of Josef Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva, appeared at the U.S. embassy in India and announced her intentions to defect.
In 1971 The first Women's Lib demonstration was held in London, England.
In 1981 Soyuz 39 returned to Earth.
In 1981 Walter Cronkite anchored "The CBS Evening News" for the last time.
In 1982 The record for the loudest recorded human shout was set at 120 dB by Susan Birmingham.
In 1983 A woman in New Bedford, MA, reported being gang raped atop a pool table in a tavern called Big Dan's. Four men were later convicted of the crime.
In 1983 The now-defunct U.S.F.L. played its first football games.
In 1983 Australian Christopher Massey set the water ski speed record at 143 mph.
In 1985 Authorities found the body of kidnapped U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena, who was tortured and killed by a Mexican drug cartel at a ranch east of Guadalajara.
In 1986 The Soviet Vega 1 probe passed within 5,270 miles of Halley's comet, sending back TV images.
In 1987 189 died when a British ferry capsized off Zeebrugge, Belgian.
In 1989 With nearly 90% of its pilots honoring picket lines of striking machinists, Eastern Airlines shut down operations on all but three routes.
In 1990 The Soviet parliament approved legislation allowing people to own factories and hire workers for the first time in nearly 7 decades.
In 1991 Following Iraq's capitulation in the Persian Gulf conflict, President Bush told a cheering joint session of Congress that "aggression is defeated. The war is over."
In 1992 Personal computer users braced for a virus known as "Michelangelo," set to trigger on March 6, but only scattered cases of lost files were reported.
In 1994 Greek actress-turned-politician Melina Mercouri died at age 70.
In 1996 A federal appeals court struck down Washington state's ban on doctor-assisted suicide.
In 1996 Three U.S. service members were convicted of the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl and were sentenced to 6 1/2-to-7 years in prison.
In 1997 A gunman swiped a million-dollar Picasso from a London gallery.
In 1997 China introduced laws against dissent, ethnic separatism, and subversive Western ideals.
In 1997 Queen Elizabeth II launched the official royal website.
In 1998 A Connecticut state lottery accountant guns down three supervisors and the lottery chief before killing himself.
In 1999 The emir of Bahrain, Sheik Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, 65, died shortly after a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen.
In 2000 Three white New York City officers are convicted of a cover-up in a brutal police station attack on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.
In 2001 42 people, mostly students, were killed in a schoolhouse explosion in southern China.
In 2013 Microsoft was fined 561M Euros by the Euro Commission for not providing alternative web browsers.
In 2016 Former First Lady Nancy Reagan died of heart failure. She was 94.


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