Today In History...

In 1776 Members of the Continental Congress began attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.
In 1819 Charles Guille made the first parachute jump in America from a balloon 8000 feet above Long Island, New York.
In 1830 Charles X, the last Bourbon king of France, abdicated1927 President Coolidge told reporters: "I did not choose to run for president in 1928."
In 1931 The world's worst flood killed an estimated 3.7 million along China's Yellow River.
In1934In 1934, Adolph Hitler took Germany's presidency when Paul Von Hindenburg died at age 86.
In 1939 Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging the U.S. to begin an atomic weapons program.
In1939In 1939, The Hatch Act was passed, forbidding civil service employees from participating actively in political campaigns.
In 1943 Navy Lt. John F. Kennedy became a war hero by rescuing members of his crew after their PT boat (PT-109) was sheared in two by a Japanese destroyer.
In 1945 President Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and the new British prime minister, Clement Attlee, concluded the Allied conference at Potsdam.
In 1964 The Pentagon reported the first of two attacks on U.S. destroyers by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin.
In 1965 Morley Safer sent the first Vietnam television report.
In 1980 85 people were killed when a bomb exploded at a train station in Bol1981 Kieran Doherty became the eighth Irish nationalist hunger striker since Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland.
In 1983 The U.S. House of Representatives voted to designate the third Monday in January as a federal holiday in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In 1984 The U.S. swim team won three more gold medals at the Los Angeles Olympics through the efforts of Mary T. Meagher, George DiCarlo, and the men's 400-meter medley relay team.
In 1985 A Delta jumbo jet crashed on the final approach to Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport killed 137, with 30 survivors.
In 1988 Chicago hit 100 degrees for the 7th time in one year, the city's record.
In 1989 The U.S. House of Representatives voted against including abortion curbs in a spending bill for the District of Columbia.
In 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait, installed a military government, and annexed Kuwait on the claim that it was part of historical Iraq. The Iraqis are later driven out in Operation Desert Storm.
In 1991 Secretary of State James A. Baker III met in Jerusalem with a group of Palestinians but failed to align their immediate support for a Middle East peace conference.
In 1992 Jackie Joyner-Kersee of the U.S. repeated as the heptathlon champion at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
In 1993 In a dramatic scene shown on national television, Jessica, a 2 1/2-year-old girl at the center of a custody battle, was removed from the Michigan home of Jan and Roberta DeBoer, and turned over to her biological parents, Dan and Cara Schmidt, of Iowa.
In 1994 Serbia threatened to cut all aid to the Bosnian Serbs if they didn't approve an international peace plan.
In 1995 Hurricane Erin came ashore in Vero Beach, FL, killing two people on land and five at sea.
In 1995 China ordered the expulsion of two U.S. Air Force officers it said were caught spying on military sites.
In 1997 "Naked Lunch" author William S. Burroughs died at age 83.
In 1998 Ventriloquist Shari Lewis, 65, dies in Los Angeles.
In 1999 A train collision in India claimed 286 lives.
In 2000 Scientists announce the development of cholera's genetic blueprint, a step toward better vaccines or treatments.
In 2000 Republicans officially nominated Texas Governor George W. Bush for president at the party's convention in Philadelphia.
In 2000 Former President Gerald Ford was hospitalized after suffering one, possibly two, small strokes.
In 2002 Pope John Paul II returned to Rome after ending an 11-day pilgrimage to Canada, Guatemala, and Mexico.
In 2003 Liberian President Charles Taylor agreed to cede power.

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