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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of
1877...Thomas Edison announces
the invention of
phonograph, an idea that comes to him while working on a way to record
New York Holland Tunnel. 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
time soap opera Dallas to find out who shot JR Ewing.
car produced by Mercedes Benz is taken for its test
drive in Cannstatt,
1963...President John F. Kennedy
is assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while traveling in an open vehicle during a
visit to Dallas,
1986...Twenty-year-old Mike Tyson knocks out 33-year-old Trevor Berbick in just
5 minutes and 35 seconds to become the youngest
1988...The Northrop B-2 (stealth bomber) is shown publicly for the first time.
The aircraft is developed in great secrecy over the last decade.
1936...American publisher Henry Luce buys the name of the
defunct Life Magazine. It becomes a 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 shows I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas, passes away.
He was 81 years old.
1849...John Froehlich, inventor of the first internal combustion engine
farm tractor, is born in
company, the 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 a Dallas
Police Station. Oswald is the assassin of
President John F. Kennedy.
1974...Ringo Starr becomes the third former Beetle to have a #1 hit with the
Photograph. After the Beetles break up, Ringo is the only
member of the group who maintains a
friendship with the others.
1783...Three months after the Treaty of Paris ends the American
Revolution, the last
soldiers withdraw 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
will go on to become the longest,
continuous running play in history.
1990...The Seattle to Bellevue Floating Bridge in
Washington State (the longest in
the world when built) sinks to bottom of Lake Washington in a
1922...British archeologist Howard Carter becomes the first to
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
drama staring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, premiers in
New York City. The La Marseillaise
scene is called the greatest in Hollywood history.
Jean de Laborde
1095...Pope Urban II calls for a crusade to reclaim the Holy
Christians can once again visit the birthplace of
The Muslims banished the Christians from visiting the Holy
Land, which they had
been doing for centuries.
1911... Elizabeth Jaffray, a
House housekeeper, makes notes in her published
diary about concerns with
President William Howard Taft's expanding waistline.
Despite his size,
William Taft is the only man to hold both the
Presidency and then 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
bear a daughter named Suzanna and a twin boy and girl.
1925...The Grand Ole Opry, the most popular
venue for Country Western
begins broadcasting live from Nashville,
1954...Nobel prize winning Italian Physicist Enrico Fermi
dies in Chicago,
Illinois, at age 53. He was the first man to create and control a nuclear
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 Catalina
1991...Dust storms cause a massive
car and truck pileup of more than 100 vehicles
on In Interstate 5, in Coalinga,
California. Seventeen people are killed.
1874...Winston Spencer Churchill, often called the greatest statesman of the
20th century, is born. Winston Churchill will guide
European allies through
Russian Army crosses the Finnish border. The
Force bombs Helsinki. Photos of mothers holding dead
babies make headlines around the world. This leads to Finland's
fierce resistance to
1954...The first documented report of a Meteorite striking a human occurs in
Alabama. A meteorite crashes through the roof of a
It then bounces
radio and hits Elizabeth Hodges on her hip.
She is lucky to only have a bruise from the incident.