This day in history
1403 Charles VII, King of France, is born.
1630 Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving.
1732 George Washington is born.
1744 Battle at Toulon English-French & Spanish fleet.
1770 Christopher Snider 11, Boston, becomes 1st martyr of US Revolution.
1777 Archibald Bulloch dies under mysterious circumstances.
1810 Frédéric F Chopin is born.
1819 The U.S. acquires Spanish Florida.
1819 James Russell Lowell is born.
1832 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe dies.
1847 Battle of Buena Vista begins.
1854 1st meeting of the Republican Party, Michigan.
1856 1st national meeting of the Republican Party (Pittsburgh).
1860 Shoe-making workers of Lynn MS, strike successfully for higher wages.
1864 Battle of West Point, Mississippi.
1865 Tennessee adopted a new constitution abolishing slavery.
1888 John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY).
1891 "Chico" Marx is born.
1892 Edna St. Vincent Millay is born.
1900 Luis Bruñel is born.
1902 A fistfight breaks out in the Senate. Senator Benjamin Tillman suffers a bloody nose for accusing Senator John McLaurin of bias on the Philippine tariff issue.
1917 Mussolini wounded by mortar bomb.
1918 Montana passes law against sedition.
1924 Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
1925 Edward Gorey, American writer and illustrator, is born.
1926 Pope Pius rejects Mussolini's offer of aid to the Vatican.
1932 Purple Heart award re-instituted.
1932 Edward Kennedy is born.
1935 Airplanes were no longer permitted to fly over the White House.
1942 President Roosevelt to MacArthur: Get out of the Philippines.
1944 US 8th Air Force bombs Enschede, Arnhem & Nijmegen by mistake/800+ die.
1944 C.S. Lewis writes in a letter: "Heaven enters wherever Christ enters, even in this life."
1946 George Kennan sends "long telegram" to State Department.
1948 Arabs bomb attack in Jerusalem, 50 die.
1950 Disney's Cinderella opens.
1950 Julius Erving is born.
1956 1st British soccer match at Kunstlicht Portsmouth vs Newcastle United.
1965 Westmoreland asks for Marines
1967 Suharto takes full power in Indonesia.
1967 Operation Junction City becomes the largest U.S. operation in Vietnam.
1969 LtCol. Donald E. Paxton and Maj. Charles Macko go MIA in Laos, despite DoD claims we weren't in the country.
1971 Terry of Nitpicker is born.
1973 Israeli fighter planes shoot down a civilian Libyan Arab Airlines Boeing 727 killing 108.
1980 The "Miracle on Ice" takes place.
1980 Afghanistan declares martial law.
1983 Hindus kill 3000 Moslems in Assam, India.
1991 Bush & US Gulf War allies give Iraq 24 hours to begin Kuwait withdrawal.
1993 The U.N. Security Council approved creation of an international war crimes tribunal to punish those responsible for atrocities in the former Yugoslavia.
1994 Double agent Aldrich Ames is arrested.
1997 Dolly the sheep is cloned.
2006 Samarra's al-Askari mosque bombed.
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