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The Sistine Chapel
1512...The Sistine Chapel in Rome is open to the public for the
first time. The ceiling was painted by Michelangelo, the greatest of the Italian
hits Lisbon, Portugal, killing
50,000 people. The entire city needs to be rebuilt following the
1930...A nearly mile long tunnel is opened between Detroit
and the Canadian city of Windsor.
The Spruce Goose
1917...British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour sends a letter to England's
most famous Jewish citizen, Baron Rothschild, stating British support for a
Jewish homeland in Palestine.
1947...The largest aircraft ever built, the Spruce Goose, is flown by
owner Howard Hughes on its first and only flight.
1982...A Soviet army convoy crashes in the Salang Tunnel in Afghanistan. The
explosion and fire kills an estimated 3,000 soldiers.
1903...With the support of the US government and the French-Panama Canal
Company, Panama declares its independence from Columbia.
1957...A dog named Laika is launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard the
Sputnik 2 Spacecraft. This is the first mammal in space.
1964...Residents of the District of Columbia cast ballots for the first time
after the passage of the 23rd Amendment gives them the right to vote.
1956...Hungary's attempt for a more democratic government is viciously crushed
by Soviet tanks and troops. Thousands are killed and 200,000 refuges flee to the
1979...Iranian students, who support Islam radicals, storm the US Embassy in
Tehran and take more than 60 American hostages.
1995...The Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, is fatally
shot after attending a peace rally in Te Aviv, Israel.
1895...Attorney George Selden, of Rochester, NY, is granted the first US Patent
for an internal combustion engine. He got the idea from an engine he saw at the
1872 Exposition in Philadelphia. PA.
1930...Sinclair Lewis, born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, 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, prolific and important
American composers of all time, is born. His music will become the
standard for all American marching
Lincoln is elected the 16th President of the United States. He becomes
the first president from the newly organized
1995...Team owner Art Modell, who purchased NFL Cleveland Browns for four
million dollars in 1960, announces he is moving the team to Baltimore. The
Browns will replace the Colts, who left in 1984.
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge
1885...In a remote location in the
mountains of British Columbia, the last spike is driven completing Canada's
1940...Only four months after the completion of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in
Washington State, the world's 3rd longest
suspension bridge in the world, Galloping Gertie,
suffers a spectacular collapse.
1980...Actor Steve McQueen, one of Hollywood's leading men of the
60's and 70's, dies of asbestos cancer at age 50 in Mexico.
1887...Doc Holliday, the famous friend of Wyatt Earp and participant in the
shootout at the OK Corral, dies of tuberculosis at only 36 years of age.
1896...Physicist Wilhelm Rontgen becomes the first person to observe x-rays in
Würzburg, Germany laboratory.
1994...Salvatore "Sunny" Bono, of "Sunny and Cher" fame, is elected to the
House of Representatives representing California's 44th District as a
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, 30,000 arrested, and
many are sent to concentration camps.
1965...The biggest power failure in
the US occurs when the
Northeast suffers a blackout during rush hour. People are stranded on trains
and in subways and elevators. The blackout is caused by the tripping of a
transmission line in Canada. Power is restored by morning.
1989...East Germany opens the Berlin Wall. Passage is now allowed between East
and West Germany. The following day the Germans 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
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.
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