1918...The Royal Air Force (RAF) is formed in
with the merging of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service
need for a stronger air force became apparent to
England during WWI when
German air raids caused extensive damage to
pilots found themselves ill-prepared to fight against the
German ace pilots.
Richard Nixon signs a bill prohibiting the advertising of cigarettes on the
The bill also requires a warning on the packaging of the cigarettes. The
warning states "cigarette smoking may be
hazardous to your heath."
Euro is adopted as
the common currency in the European Monetary Union. Eleven countries
agree to use the
as their primary currency. The
euro will go on to become the most commonly used currency in Europe.
Eventually nineteen countries will use the
Ponce de León
1513...Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon goes ashore on the
Florida coast and
claims it for Spain.
1917...Jeannette Rankin, of
Montana, takes seat in the
U.S. Capital as the
first woman elected to
The House of Representatives.
1917...President Woodrow Wilson asked
Congress to declare war on
make the world save for democracy.
1860...The first pony express
mail simultaneously leaves St. Joseph,
1882...Jesse James is shot to death for the reward
money by fellow gang member
2010...Apple releases the iPad tablet
computer. It sells 3 million units in
the first three months.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
1824...Congress decides the
is to consist of 13 red and white stripes
with a new
star for each
state in a field of blue.
1841...President William H. Harrison, the 9th president, dies of pneumonia after
only one month in office.
1968...Martin Luther King is shot to death at a Memphis,
He is shot by a fugitive named James Earl
1614...The daughter of Indian Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas,
marries John Rolfe.
This will keep the peace between the settlers and the
for several years.
1792...President George Washington exercises the first Presidential Veto
1951...Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are found guilty of selling
the Soviet Union.
1976...American billionaire Howard Hughes dies at the age of 70.
The Prophet Joseph Smith
1830...The Prophet Joseph Smith organizes
The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints with six members. By 2018 there will be over 16
million members of the church. The
Book of Mormon will be published in 100 languages and 159
LDS Temples will dot the earth.
after 1500 years, are reborn in Athens, Greece.
1909...Explorers Robert Perry and Mathew Henson claim to become the first men to
reach the North Pole.
1906...Mt. Vesuvius in Italy erupts, causing ash and lava to burn
homes as it
flows down the
1949...Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical
South Pacific debuts on Broadway. The
music is celebrated, and the play will become a favorite for both amateur and
563...Buddhists celebrate the commemoration of the birth of Gautama Buddha.
1974...Hank Aaron, playing
for the Atlanta Braves, hits his 715th
the legendary record of 714
home runs set by Babe Ruth.
2011...Ground is broken for the future site of the first Disneyland park to be built in China.
It is to be built in the city of Shanghai.
Robert E. Lee
1865...General Robert E. Lee surrenders 28,000
troops to General
Ulysses S. Grant. This ends the
1881...Billy the Kid is
found guilty of killing the Lincoln County
New Mexico sheriff.
He is sentenced to
1942...In the Philippines, American General Edward King
to the Japanese. This is the largest contingent of US
soldiers to surrender.
submarine, sinks in the Atlantic
The entire crew is killed.
1970...Paul McCartney announces the breakup of the
Table Tennis Team is invited to communist China in order to build diplomatic