Today In History...
In 1861, Georgia became the 5th state to secede from the Union.
In1903 In 1903, The first regular transatlantic radio broadcast between the U.S. and England began.
In 1915, Georges Claude patented neon.
In 1937,1937 Millionaire Howard Hughes set the transcontinental air speed record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours, 28 minutes.
In 1944, The federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads following the settlemen1970 1970, President Richard Nixon nominated G. Harrold Carswell to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the nomination was defeated over Carswell's racial views.
In 19771980,1980 Former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas died at age 81.
In 1981, The agreement to release the Iran hostages was made but not honored until the next day (after Ronald Reagan took office, New York City proclaimed a drought emergency.
In 1983, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone concluded two days of trade talks with President Ronald Reagan.
In 1984, The California Supreme Court rejected a petition from quadriplegic Elizabeth Bouvia, who wanted to starve herself to death in a public hospital.
In 1987, Guy Hunt became Alabama's first Republican governor since 1874, as he was sworn into office, succeeding George C. Wallace.
In 1988, State Farm lost a multi-million dollar sex discrimination case brought by three former employees.
In 1989, The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the full Senate approve the nomination of James A. Baker to be U.S. Secretary of State.
In 1990, Arthur J. Goldberg, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, labor secretary, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, was found dead in his apartment at age 81.
In 1993, Attorney General-designate Zoe Baird apologized to the Senate Judiciary Committee for hiring illegal aliens as domestic help.
In 1993, the first American combat troops flew. 1994 President Clinton visited earthquake-stricken Los Angeles and pledged fast federal help.
In 1995, Dusan Boljevic, 47, became the first Serb soldier to be convicted of war atrocities and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
In 1995 and 1996, The Bosnian peace agreement suffered its first setback as a planned nationwide prisoner release fell far below its goal.
In 1997, With Yasser Arafat, Palestinians celebrated the takeover of most of Hebron after three decades of Israeli occupation.
In 1997, Riot police beat demonstrators in Albania, demanding restitution for money lost in pyramid schemes.
In 1999, White House Counsel Charles Ruff opened the defense at President Clinton's impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.
In 2000, Michael Skakel, nephew of Robert F. Kennedy, was charged with bludgeoning a girl to death in 1975.
In 2002, Israeli troops blew up the official Palestinian broadcasting building in a retaliatory blow against Yasser Arafat.
In 2003, President Fidel Castro and millions of other Cubans voted in parliamentary elections where all 609 candidates ran uncontested.