preschoolers around the world are inoculated for diphtheria.
James Watson and Francis Crick, of Cambridge
University, publish an explanation of the structure of DNA.
has his first #1 hit on the Billboard Pop
Singles Chart with Heartbreak Hotel.
It will stay there for two months.
1954...The new polio vaccine is given for the first time in a
1986...There is an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear
Power Plant. Radiation spreads throughout Europe. This is the biggest
nuclear accident in history.
1997...The Woolworth Discount Chain announces continued
financial losses. They are forced to close their remaining stores after 130 years
1521...Portugese navigator Magellan Ferdinand is killed in the
Philippines after traveling 3/4 of the way around the globe.
1667...The blind poet John Milton sells the copyright to his
masterpiece Paradise Lost. John Milton is serving as the secretary of
Oliver Cromwell’s commonwealth. When the commonwealth is overturned, Milton is
jail. By this time he is blind. Now he loses his position and his
property. After he is released he dictates his poem Paradise Lost to his
family. Then he sells it for 10 pounds. The poem is printed and immediately is
recognized as a masterpiece of the
1956...Rocky Marciano, the world heavyweight
retires at the age of 31. He is the only heavyweight champion to have a
perfect record (49-0).
1789...The HMS Bounty is seized in a mutiny led by first
mate Fletcher Christian. The ship is on a voyage from Tahiti to the West Indies.
1945...Benito Mussolini, the dictator of
Italy, and his mistress are captured
and shot while trying to flee to
1965...President Lyndon B. Johnson sends 22,000 troops to the Dominican Republic
to forestall a Communist dictatorship.
William and Kate
is made at the Lansing
It is the end of the 106-year-old automotive brand.
2011...Catherine (Kate) Middleton marries
William at Westminster Abbey in
1939 World's Fair
1803... France and the
United States complete The Louisiana Purchase.
This doubles the size of the
At the opening ceremonies
President Roosevelt (FDR) gives a speech to welcome everyone to the
The speech is televised. This speech is the first
broadcast in the
1948...Twenty Latin American nations and the
establish the Organization
(OAS). The purpose of the organization is to improve the relationship of
with its closest neighbors, and to prevent the spread of
Communism in the Western Hemisphere.