Today In History...

In 1832 Charles Carroll, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies at age 95.
In 1832 The first horse-drawn streetcar debuts in New York City.
In 1851 Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" is first published.
In 1881 Charles J. Guiteau goes on trial for assassinating President Garfield. Guiteau is convicted and hanged the following year.
In 1889 Inspired by Jules Verne, New York World reporter Nellie Bly set out to travel around the world in fewer than 80 days. She succeeded, making the trip in 72 days.
In 1896 The power plant at Niagara Falls begins operation.
In 1900 Watertown, NY, is paralyzed by 45 inches of snow in 24 hours.
In 1910 The first airplane flight from the deck of a ship is made.
In 1922 The British Broadcasting Corporation begins domestic radio service.
In 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaims the Philippines islands a free commonwealth.
In 1940 During World War II, German bombers destroy most of the Englishtown of Coventry.
In 1942 War hero, Eddie Rickenbacker is rescued from the South Pacific.
In 1943 President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his joint chiefs narrowlyescape disaster in the Atlantic while sailing to the Tehran conference aboard the U.S. battleship Iowa. An escort ship accidentally fireda live-torpedo which exploded in the Iowa's wake.
In 1968 Yale University announces it was going co-educational.
In 1969 Lightning hits Apollo XII as it blasted off for a trip to the moon from Cape Kennedy, but it keeps flying.
In 1972 Dow Jones closes above 1,000 for the first time at 1003.16.
In 1973 Britain's Princess Anne marries commoner Captain Mark Phillips in Westminister Abbey. (They divorced in 1992.)
In 1981 Second Space Shuttle Mission - Columbia 2 returns to Earth.
In 1983 President and Mrs. Reagan return from a week-long tour of Asia.
In 1984 Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery pluck a second satellite from orbit and secured it in the spacecraft's cargo bay, the second successful salvage mission in two days.
In 1985 A Colombian volcano kills over 20,000 people.
In 1986 The Securities and Exchange Commission imposes a record $100million penalty against inside-trader Ivan F. Boesky and barred him from working again in the securities industry.
In 1988 Israeli President Chaim Herzog formally asks Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir to form a new government.
In 1989 The U.S. Navy, alarmed over a recent string of serious accidents, orders an unprecedented 48-hour stand-down.
In 1985 British commentator Malcolm Muggeridge dies at age 87.
In 1985 Simon and Schuster announces it had dropped plans to publish the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel "American Psycho."
In 1989 The U.S. Navy, alarmed over a recent string of serious accidents, orders an unprecedented 48-hour stand-down.
In 1990 British commentator Malcolm Muggeridge dies at age 87.
In 1990 Simon & Schuster announces it would not publish the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel "American Psycho."
In 1991 U.S. and British authorities announce indictments against twoLibyan intelligence officials in connection with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
In 1991 Fired postal employee Thomas McIlvane storms the Royal Oak Post Office in Michigan, killing 4 workers before killing himself.
In 1993 Residents of Puerto Rico vote in a plebiscite to maintain the island's existing U.S. commonwealth status, derailing the effortsof those favoring statehood.
In 1994 Sweden votes to join European Union.
In 1994 U.S. experts visit North Korea's main nuclear complex for firsttime under an accord aimed at opening such sites to outside inspections.
In 1994 Heavy rains and flooding from Tropical Storm Gordon sweep across Haiti, killing several hundred people.
In 1995 The U.S. government institutes a partial shutdown, closing national parks and museums while government offices operate with skeleton crews.
In 1996 Federal police and army troops score 1996's largest cocaineseizure, intercepting a plane carrying more than 1 1/2 tons of the drug near La Trinidad, 750 miles northwest of Mexico City.
In 1998 Iraq allows UN weapons inspections to resume, backing down in a face-off with the U.S.
In 1999 The UN imposed sanctions on Afghanistan for refusing to hand over suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden.
In 2000 Pioneering CBS Radio newsman Robert Trout dies at age 91.
In 2001 President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin continue their talks at Bush's Texas ranch.


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