Today In History...

In 68, Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide to avoid execution.
In 1784 John Carroll was appointed supervisor of U.S. Catholic missions.
In18In 1860 The first dime novel, titled Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter," was published.
In 1870 Author Charles Dickens died in Godshill, England.
In 1898 China leased Hong Kong's New Territories to Britain for 99 years.
In 1931 Goddard patented the rocket-fueled aircraft design.
In 1940 Norway surrendered to the Nazis during World War II.
In 1943 The U.S. Congress approved payroll withholding taxes.
In 1953 About 100 people died when a tornado struck Worcester, MA.
In 1954 A dramatic confrontation occurred at the Senate-Army hearings as Army counsel Joseph N. Welch asked Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, "Have you no sense of decency, sir?"
In 1959 The first ballistic missile submarine was launched.
In 1969 The U.S. Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the new chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.
In 1973 Secretariat became horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes in New York.
In 1978 The Mormon church struck down a 148-year-old policy excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood.
In 1980 Soyuz T-2 returned to Earth.
In 1980 Comedian Richard Pryor suffered almost fatal third-degree burns at his San Fernando Valley, CA, home while free-basing cocaine.
In 1983 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her Conservative government won re-election.
In 1984 President Reagan and the leaders of six other major industrial democracies wrapped up their London summit by urging the speedy renewal of superpower nuclear arms control talks.
In 1985 American educator Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped in Lebanon. (He was released in November 1991 along with fellow hostage Terry Waite.)
In198In 1986 A report on the space shuttle Challenger tragedy concluded that NASA and rocket maker Morton-Thiokol had severe management problems.
In 1987 Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In 1988 The House ethics committee met in a closed session to discuss whether to formally investigate charges that Speaker Jim Wright's financial dealings may have violated House rules.
In 1989 China began reporting large-scale arrests after the crushed pro-democracy movement.
In 1991 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir insisted his country have a say in selecting Palestinians who would attend a U.S.-sponsored Middle East peace conference.
In 1992 Secretary of State James Baker concluded two days of arms talks with Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev.
In 1992 Vice President Dan Quayle addressing Southern Baptists in Indianapolis, condemned the "media elite," saying, "I wear their scorn as a badge of honor."
In 1993 As millions of Japanese watched on television, Crown Prince Naruhito wed commoner Masako Owada in an elaborate Shinto religious ceremony.
In 1993 Actress Alexis Smith died in Los Angeles at age 72.
In 1995 One week after being shot down over Bosnia by a Bosnian Serb missile, and a day after being rescued, U.S. Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady is warmly welcomed at Aviano Air Base in Italy.
In 1996 White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta said it was wrong for an investigator to have obtained secret FBI files on 341 people, including prominent Republicans. President Clinton agreed with Panetta that an apology was called for.
In 1997 Microsoft announced a $1 billion investment in the cable TV giant Comcast Corp.
In 1998 Three white men faced murder charges in the Texas dragging death of African American James Byrd Jr.
In 2000 Painter Jacob Lawrence died.
In 2001 China and the U.S. agreed on farm subsidies and other issues blocking Beijing's bid to join the World Trade Organization.
In 2001 The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup, defeating defending champion New Jersey Devils, 3-1, in game seven.
In 2001 Jennifer Capriati beat Kim Clijsters to win the French Open.
In 2002 Thousands of Russian soccer fans rioted in Moscow during their country's loss to Japan in the World Cup.
In 2002 Se Ri Pak won the LPGA Championship to become the youngest woman to claim four major championships.
In 2003 The New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 3-0, in Game 7.


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