Today In History...

In 1820, Britain's King George III died insane at Windsor Castle.
In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" was published under a pseudonym in the New York Evening Mirror.
In 1850, Henry Clay introduced a compromise bill on slavery in the Senate, which included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.
In 1861, Kansas became the 34th U.S. state.
In 1886, Carl Benz patented the first successful gas-engine car, a 3-wheel machine with a top speed of 10mph.
1900 The American League was organized with eight baseball teams in Philadelphia.
1904, the University of Chicago football team received its first athletic letters.
In 1920, Walt Disney started his first job as an artist at $40 a week.
In 1924, The ice cream cone rolling machine was patented.
In 1936, The first members of Baseball's Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, New York.
In 1939, Irish poet-dramatist William Butler Yeats died in Menton, France.
In 1956, Editor-essayist H.L. Mencken died in Baltimore.
In 1958, Actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married.
In 1959 Walt Disney's animated feature "Sleeping Beauty" was released.
In 1963, The Football Hall Of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio.
In 1963, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost died in Boston.
In 1979, President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House following the establishment of diplomatic relations.
In 1985, The White House confirmed reports that Robert Latta of Denver had breached security and roamed the executive mansion on the day of President Reagan's second inaugural.
In 1987, The U.S. Senate issued a report on the Iran/Contra affair, charging that administration officials deceived Congress.
In 1987, 3 workers at the DuPont Hotel in Puerto Rico were arrested on murder and arson charges in connection with a fire that killed 96.
In 1987, The State Department bars deposed Philippines President Ferdinand. Marcos from returning to his homeland from Honolulu amid reports he was preparing to rally supporters trying to topple the Aquino government.
In 1988, A Boston-bound Amtrak train derailed in Chester, PA, injuring 25.
In 1990, Former Exxon Valdez captain Joseph Hazelwood went on trial in Anchorage, AK, on charges stemming from the U.S.'s worst oil spill. (Hazelwood was acquitted of the significant costs and convicted of a misdemeanor.)
1991 In his State of the Union address, President Bush assured Americans that the war against Iraq would be won and that the recession at home would end in short order.
In 1992, Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced his republic's nuclear weapons would no longer be aimed at U.S. targets.
In 1992, President Bush presented a $1.2 trillion budget plan.
1994In South Africa, Nelson Mandela kicked off his party's campaign for the country's first multi-racial elections.
In 1995, The San Francisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers, 49-26, to win Super Bowl XXIX. The 49ers became the first team in NFL history to win five Super Bowls.
In 1996, A Navy F-14 fighter jet crashed in Nashville, TN, demolishing three houses and killing five people, including three on the ground.
In 1996, French President Jacques Chirac ordered an early end to underground nuclear tests in the South Pacific.
In 1997, America Online agreed to millions of dollars in compensation for subscribers facing network traffic jams.
In 2000, Delegates met in Montreal to reach an international agreement on the trade of genetically modified food and other products.
In 2000, Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott were among the five players elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In 2001 President Bush directed Vice President Dick Cheney to head a task force to develop a strategy that would address the nation's energy problems.
In 2001, DaimlerChrysler said it would eliminate 26,000 jobs at its money-losing Chrysler division.
In 2002, In his first State of the Union address, President Bush warned of"an axis of evil" consisting of North Korea, Iran, and Iraq.
In 2008, Margaret Truman, the only child of former President Harry S. Truman, died in Chicago. She was 83.

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