Today In History...

In 1789, President-elect Washington left Mt. Vernon, Virginia, for his inauguration in New York.
In 1862, A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia became law.
In 1879, St. Bernadette, who had described seeing visions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, died in Nevers, France.
In 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, using a Bleriot monoplane to travel from Dover, England, to Hardelot, France.
In 1917, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia after years of exile.
In 1922, Annie Oakley hit 100 clay targets at Pinehurst, NC.
In 1929, The New York Yankees became the first Central League team to add permanent numbers to their uniforms.
In 1935, "Fibber McGee and Molly," starring Jim and Marian Jordan, premiered on the NBC Blue radio network.
In 1940, the Cleveland Indians' Bob Feller pitched a no-hitter on the opening day of the American League season, beating the Chicago White Sox by 1-0.
1945 U.S. troops entered Nuremberg, Germany, during World War II.
1945 In his first speech to Congress, President Truman pledged to carry out the war and peace policies of his predecessor, President Roosevelt.
In 1947, Explosions and fire killed at least 500 in Texas City, Texas, when a French freighter blew up in the harbor.
In 1947, A lens to provide zoom effects was demonstrated in New York.
In 1956, solar-powered radios went on sale.
In 1962, Walter Cronkite debuted as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News," succeeding Douglas Edwards.
In 1972, Apollo XVI was launched on a voyage to the moon.
In 1972, Two giant pandas, Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling, arrived in the U.S. at the National Zoo from China.
In 1983, One week after completing its successful maiden flight, the space shuttle Challenger returned to its launch site at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to prepare for a June mission.
In 1985 The White House announced that President Reagan would visit the site of a Nazi concentration camp but would also still go ahead with plans to visit a German military cemetery.
In 1986, Dispelling rumors he was dead, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appeared on TV to condemn the U.S. raid on his country and to say that Libyans were "ready to die" defending their country.
In 1987, The FCC notified U.S. broadcasters that it would impose a broader definition of indecency on the airwaves.
In 1988, The Palestine Liberation Organization accused Israel of assassinating Khalil al-Wazir, a top PLO military figure in Tunisia.
In 1990 The U.S. Supreme Court rejected two appeals by Dalton Prejean, a nearly retarded man condemned to die for the 1977 murder of a Louisiana state trooper. (Prejean was executed the following month).
In 1991, President Bush announced that U.S. forces would be sent into northern Iraq to assist Kurdish refugees.
In 1991, Sir David Lean, director of the movies The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, and Doctor Zhivago, died at age 83.
In 1992, the House ethics committee listed 303 current and former lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.
In 1993, At the White House, President Clinton pressed Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa to help ease Japan's persistent trade surplus with the U.S.
In 1995, Ralph Ellison, author of "Invisible Man," died at age 80.
In 1996, President Clinton arrived in Japan for a 3-day visit.
In 1996, Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were getting a divorce.
In 1997, Police in Israel recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for breach of trust in an influence-trading scandal.
In 1998, Tornadoes and storms killed more than 100 people in nine southern states.
In 1999, Wayne Gretzky announced that he would retire from hockey.
In 2000, the International Monetary Fund concluded a protest-marred opening session in Washington, DC.
In 2001, Israel launched an air strike against a strategic Syrian radar station in Lebanon, killing three Syrian soldiers.
In 2002, The U.S. Supreme Court overturned two significant provisions of the Child Pornography Prevention Act.
In 2002, actor Robert Urich (Vega$) died at 55.


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