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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of
Reagan and Gorbachev
1923...In a botched
train robbery three men stop
Oregon but fail to get the
explosives accidentally blow the car to pieces.
1975...Saturday Night Live, a
show, makes its debut and
goes on to become the longest running late night
1986...President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev meet in Reykjavik, Iceland for missile reduction talks.
1492...Christopher Columbus arrives in the New World and goes ashore to claim
the land for Spain. Columbus is from Italy, but sails under the flag of
Spain. He is supported by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel.
1945...Private Desmond Doss is awarded the
Congressional Medal of Honor for
bravery as a
medical corpsman in
the Battle of Okinawa.
He becomes the first
conscientious objector to receive the medal.
1960...Nikita Khrushchev throws a temper tantrum at the
He pounds his shoe on his
desk when he is displeased at what is said. He does not like the accusations
of Soviet imperialism by one of the
The White House
1792...The cornerstone is laid for the
White House. John Adams becomes the first
president to live in the
1925...Margaret Thatcher is born. She will become the first
prime minister of
England, serving from 1979 until 1990.
1983...Ameritech Mobile Communication provides the first mobile
cellular phone service for public use in Chicago,
1879...Thomas Edison files for a patent application for
the first incandescent light bulb.
pilot Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to
fly faster than sound in the X1-Rocket Plane. The rocket plane was built by Bell Aircraft Company.
1964...The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for
his non-violent protest of American segregation laws.
The B17 Flying Fortress
1937...The world's largest
military aircraft, the B-17 Flying Fortress, has its first test flight.
It is built by Boeing Aircraft.
1964... A special meeting of the Soviet Central
Committee deposes Khrushchev and replaces him with Leonid Brezhnev as Communist
famous Staten Island Ferry crashes full speed
into the dock on Staten Island. Eleven people are killed in the crash and
seventy-one are injured.
JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis
1962...President Kennedy is
surveillance by a U2 spy
plane reveals nuclear missile bases are being built in Cuba. This is the start
of the Cuban Missile Crises.
1964...China becomes the 5th country in the world to acquire
nuclear bomb capability. China joins the
United States, Soviet Union,
Britain and France as a nuclear power.
2011...Fauja Singh, at 100 years old, becomes the oldest 26
mile marathon runner in a Toronto, Canada race. He runs for over eight hours
and beats out five other competitors.
1835...Texas approves a resolution creating the Texas Rangers.
Texas Rangers are a
corps of armed, mounted lawmen designed to range and guard the frontier.
Illinois gangster Al Capone, one of the most notorious crime bosses, is
sentenced to eleven years in
1973...Arab countries of the OPEC oil organization ban selling
oil to any nation that supports Israel. Long lines form immediately at
gas stations in the
officially takes possession of
from Russia for less than two
an acre. Today Alaska provides 25% of the
United States and over 50% of its seafood.
1931...Thomas Edison dies at West Orange,
New Jersey, at the age
of 84. Edison is the most prolific inventor in history, owning 1,093 patents.
1977...Yankee outfielder Reggie Jackson becomes Mr.
home runs in one
world series game.
The only other person to do this was Babe Ruth. He did it twice.
1781...British General Lord Cornwallis surrenders 8,000
and seamen to the American and French
forces. The American Revolution is
1812...Napoleon Bonaparte is forced to retreat a deserted and
burning Moscow. His army is then devastated by the Russian
winter and the
1957...Maurice Rocket Richard, of the Montreal
becomes the first National
Hockey Player to score 500 goals in his career.
approves the Louisiana Purchase from France. The
United States pays $15 million
dollars for 827,000 square miles of land west of the
Mississippi River. This doubles the size of the
1944...US General Douglas MacArthur returns to the Philippines after being
forced to flee when the Japanese invaded the islands. He promised he would
return, and he does.
1968...Dick Fosbury wins a Gold Medal and sets an
Olympic record when he high
jumps 7 feet and 4 1/4 inches. He has a new, unique jump style. It
becomes known as the Fosbury Flop.