Today In History...

In 1533, The last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, is murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.
In 1708, Haverhill, Massachusetts, was destroyed by the French and Indians.
In 1877, The second president of the Mormon Church, Brigham Young, died in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 1896, the chef invented The Chinese-American chop suey dish in New York City, visiting Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang.
In 1901,1901, Anti-booze activist Carrie Nation attacked a New York tavern belonging to heavyweight boxer John L. Sullivan with an axe.
In 1943 Responding to a clampdown by Nazi occupiers, Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships.
In 1944 15,000 American troops march down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital celebrates its liberation from the Nazis.
In 1949, The USSR exploded its first atomic bomb.
In 1953,1953, Speedy Gonzales debuted in the Warner Brothers cartoon "Cattails for Two."
In 1957, South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond ended a filibuster against a civil rights bill after talking for more than 24 hours.
In 1964, Walt Disney's film "Mary Poppins" was released.
In 1965, Astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad splashed in the Atlantic after completing 120 Earth orbits (8 days in space) aboard Gemini V.
In 1967, The final television episode of "The Fugitive" aired.
In 1975,1975,1975,1975,1975,1975,1975,1975 Irish statesman Eamon de Valera died near Dublin at age 92.
In 1981, Broadcaster Lowell Thomas died in Pawling, New York,1981 Broadcaster Lowell Thomas died in Pawling, New York at age 89.
In 1982,1982, The kite-flying record was set at 180 hours, 17 minutes.
In 1982, Sailor Bill Dunlop arrived in Falmouth, England, after a solo Atlantic crossing in his 9-foot, 1-inch-long yacht.
In 1983, Two U.S. Marines on peacekeeping duty in Lebanon were killed when mortar shells fired by the pro-Iranian Shiite militia group Amal landed on Marine positions at the Beirut airport.
In 1983, Divers retrieved the Civil War ironclad U.S.S. Monitor anchor near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
In 1984, A prototype of the B-1 bomber crashed in California's Mojave Desert during a test flight, killing one crew member and injuring two others.
In 1986, The U.S. Commerce Department reported America's foreign trade deficit had soared to $18 billion the month before, with imports twice as large as exports for the first time ever.
In 1989, Voyager II flew past Neptune on its way out of the solar system, sending back pictures that showed Neptune as pale blue with 8 moons.
In 1989, Seven bombs blamed by police on drug traffickers exploded in Medellin and Bogota, Colombia.
In 1990, A defiant Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said in a television interview that America could not defeat Iraq, saying, "I do not beg before anyone."
In 1991, In a blow to the Soviet Communist Party, the Supreme Soviet voted to suspend the organization's activities and freeze its bank accounts because of the party's role in the failed coup.
In 1992, The U.N. Security Council agreed to send 3,000 relief troops to Somalia to guard food shipments.
In 1993, Negotiations continued between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, with Israel reporting on the verge of recognizing the PLO.
In 1994, Bosnian Serbs overwhelmingly rejected what was billed as a last-chance peace plan.
In 1995, At the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles, without the jury present, tape recordings of police detective Mark Fuhrman were played in which Fuhrman could be heard spouting racial invectives.
In 1996 President Clinton's political strategist, Dick Morris, resigned after tabloid reports he had disclosed sensitive White House matters to a prostitute.
In 1996, After 84 years, a 21-ton section of the hull of the Titanic was raised part of the way to the surface by salvagers using giant balloons filled with diesel fuel (the operation fails, and it sinks).
In 1997, Hooded men killed more than 300 people in an Algerian farm village in the worst carnage since the Islamic insurgency.
In 1998, A Cuban airliner crashed during takeoff from Quito's international airport in Ecuador, killing 80 people.
In 1999, Hurricane Dennis moved up the Carolina coasts, prompting evacuation orders for the fragile Outer Banks barrier islands.
In 2000, Pope John Paul II laid down moral guidelines for medical research in the 21st century, endorsing organ donation and adult stem cell study but condemning human cloning and embryo experiments.
In 2000, President Clinton ended a 4-day trip to Africa with a brief visit to Cairo, where he sought President Hosni Mubarak's help in pursuing a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
In 2001, George Rivas, the ringleader of the most significant prison breakout in Texas history, is sentenced to death for killing an Irving policeman, Aubrey Hawkins, while on the run.
In 2003, Rep. Bill Janklow, R-SD, was charged with felony manslaughter in a car accident that claimed the life of motorcyclist Randolph E. Scott. (He was later convicted and served 100 days in jail.)


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