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Notable Historic Events
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1877...Thomas Edison announces his invention of
the photograph, an idea that comes to him while working on a way to record
features the New York Holland Tunnel a week after it opens. It is almost two miles long
and is one mile deep. It is the world's longest tunnel.
1980...Approximately 350 million people around the world tune in to
see television's prime
time soap opera Dallas to find out who shot JR Ewing.
car produced by Mercedes Benz is taken for its first test
drive in Cannstatt, Germany.
1963...President John F. Kennedy
is assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while traveling in an open vehicle during a visit to
1986...Twenty-year-old Mike Tyson knocks out 33-year-old Trevor Berbick in just
5 minutes and 35 seconds to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.
1988...The Northrop B-2 (stealth bomber) is shown publically for the first time.
The aircraft was developed in great secrecy over the last decade.
1936...American publisher Henry Luce buys the name of the
defunct Life Magazine and reissues it as new pictorial magazine which he names
1940...Romania signs the Tripartite Pac, officially aligning
itself with the Axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan.
2012...Larry Hagman, who starred in the
television show I Dream of Jeannie and the show Dallas, dies
1849...John Froehlich, inventor of the first internal combustion engine
farm tractor, is born in Iowa. His Waterloo Tractor Works is
still owned by the John Deere Corporation.
1963...Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner, shoots Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement
of the Dallas Police Station. Oswald is the assassin of
President John F. Kennedy.
1974...Ringo Starr becomes the 3rd former Beetle to have a solo #1 hit with
Photograph. After their acrimonious breakup, Ringo was the only
member of the "Fab Four" who maintained a
friendship with the disbanded group members.
1783...Three months after the Treaty of Paris ended the American
Revolution, the last British
soldiers withdrew from New York City.
1952...Mouse Trap, the murder mystery
written by novelist and playwright Agatha Christie, opens in the west end
theater district of London. It would go on to become the longest,
continuous running play in history.
1990...The Seattle to Bellevue Floating Bridge (the longest in
the world when it was built) sinks to bottom of Lake Washington in a
1922...British archeologist Howard Carter becomes the first to
enter King Tutankhamen's Tomb in more than 3,000 years. The tomb is located in
Egypt's Valley of the Kings
1931...The first cloverleaf road intersection is opened in the
United States at the junction of New Jersey's Route 25 and Route 4, in
Woodbridge, New Jersey.
1942...Casablanca, the WWII
drama staring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, premiers in New York City.
The La Marseillaise
scene has often been called the greatest in Hollywood history.
Jean de Laborde
1095...Pope Urban II calls for a crusade to reclaim the Holy
Land so Christians could again visit the birthplace of
The Muslims banished the Christians from visiting the Holy Land, which they had
been doing for centuries.
House housekeeper, Elizabeth Jaffray, notes in her published
diary her concerns with William Howard Taft's expanding waistline.
Despite his size,
William Taft was the only man to hold both the
Presidency and later serve as the Chief Justice of the
1942...French Admiral Jean de Laborde sinks his own French Fleet
off the southern coast of France to keep it out of the hands of the Nazis.
1582...William Shakespeare (18) and Anne Hathaway (26) pay a 40
pound fee for their marriage license in Stratford-upon-Avon. Anne would
bear a daughter named Suzanna and a twin boy and girl.
1925...The Grand Ole Opry, the most popular
venue for Country and Western
music, begins broadcasting live from Nashville, TN.
1954...Italian born, Nobel prize winning Physicist Enrico Fermi
dies in Chicago at age 53. He was the first man to create and control a nuclear
1947...In the face of Muslim opposition, the
United Nations votes
for the partition of Palestine and the creation of an Independent Jewish State.
1981...Actress Natalie Wood, born Natalie Zakherenko, drowns
in a boating accident near California's Catalina, Island.
1991...A massive car and truck pileup of more than 100 vehicles,
kills 17 people in Coalinga, CA, due to dust storms on Interstate 5.
1874...Winston Spencer Churchill, often called the greatest statesman of the
20th century, is born. Winston Churchill guided Great Britain and its
European allies through the crisis of WWII.
1939...The Russian Soviet Army crosses the Finnish border and the Russian Air
Force bombs Helsinki. Photos of mothers holding dead babies and maimed
preteen girls make headlines around the world. This leads to Finland's
fierce resistance to the Russia and their resistance to ever surrender to Russia during WWII.
1954...The first documented report of a Meteorite striking a human occurs in
Sylacauga, AL. A meteorite crashes through the roof of a
house and bounces
off a radio impacting Elizabeth Hodges on her hip, causing only a bruise.
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