23rd Amendment gives the residents of the District of Columbia the right to
They cast ballots for the first time.
1956...Hungary's attempt for a more democratic government is stopped
Thousands are killed and 200,000 refuges flee to the West.
1979...Iranian students, supported by Islam radicals, storm the
United States Embassy in
Tehran. They take more than 60 American hostages.
prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, is fatally
shot after attending a peace rally in Tel Aviv,
1895...Attorney George Selden, of Rochester,
New York, is granted the first US Patent
for an internal combustion engine. He gets the idea from an engine he saw at the 1872 Exposition in
1930...Sinclair Lewis, born in Sauk Centre,
becomes the first American to win the Nobel Prize in literature.
1994...George Forman, age 45, becomes the oldest
boxer to win the heavyweight championship when he beats the undefeated
26-year-old Michael Moorer.
John Philip Sousa
1854...John Philip Sousa, one of the most popular American composers of all time, is born.
He will become famous for marching
band music. His pieces will become classics
and be played over and over at community events.
Lincoln is elected the 16th President of the
United States. He becomes the first president from the newly organized
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
mountains of British Columbia, the last spike is driven and
Canada's first transcontinental
railway is completed.
1940...Only four months after the completion of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in
State, Galloping Gertie collapses during a wind storm. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge, when built,
is the 3rd longest
suspension bridge in the world.
1980...Actor Steve McQueen, one of Hollywood's leading men of the 60's and 70's, dies of
asbestos cancer in Mexico at the age of
1887...Doc Holliday, friend of
and one of the men involved in the shooting at OK Corral, dies of tuberculosis at 36 years of age.
1896...Physicist Wilhelm Rontgen becomes the first person to observe x-rays in
his laboratory in Würzburg,
1994...Salvatore Sunny Bono, of Sunny and Cher fame, is elected to the
House of Representatives representing
44th District as a Republican.
The Berlin Wall
1938...The Nazis begin their persecution of the Jewish people in
Germany and Austria. On the Night of
Broken Glass or Kristallnacht 1,500 businesses are destroyed, and damage is done to homes, synagogues, and
schools. One hundred people are killed, and
30,000 people are arrested. Many of the people are sent to concentration camps.
1965...The biggest power failure in the
States occurs when the Northeast suffers a blackout during
Rush Hour. People are stranded on
, and in
The blackout is caused by the tripping of a transmission line in
Power is restored by morning.
opens the Berlin Wall. Passage is now allowed between East
and West Germany. The following day the people in
begin tearing down the wall.
1775...The Marine Corps
is founded when the Continental Congress
approves a resolution for two battalions of Marines
to serve as landing forces for the Continental Navy.
1928...Hirohito is crowned Emperor in Japan. Hirohito is the reigning monarch in
Japan during the two
World Wars. His power is taken from him during the postwar reconstruction.
1969...Sesame Street airs on
television and quickly becomes one of the most popular
children's shows in the world. Puppets and learning segments teach
read and count, preparing them for kindergarten.