What happened on this day in history?
1888 – Industrialist Henry Ford marries Clara Jan Bryant.
1890 – Eillis Island, New York is designated as an immigration station.
1893 – Hostilities formally end in the American Revolutionary War.
1898 – American President William Mckinley asks Congress for a declaration of war with Spain.
1899 – Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US.
1907 – NY Giant Roger Bresnahan becomes the first catcher to wear shin guards.
1912 – RMS Titanic leaves Queenstown, Ireland, for New York City.
1914 – Mexican President Huerta breaks off diplomatic relations with the US.
1919 – The International Labour Organization is founded.
1921 – Iowa imposed first state cigarette tax.
1921 – First sports broadcast on the radio takes place.
1936 – Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
1941 – German bomber blitz Coventry, England.
1941 – Jewish Weekly newspaper taken control of by Nazis
1945 – US soldiers liberate Nazi concentration camp “Buchenwald”
1950 – Prince Rainer III becomes ruler of Monaco
1951 – President Truman fires General Douglas MacArthur as head of United Nations forces in Korea.
1953 – US Department of Health, Education and Welfare is created.
1954 – Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open.
1956 – Singer Nat King Cole is attacked on stage of a Birmingham theater in a racial incident.
1957 – Ryan X-13 Vertijet becomes first jet to take-off and land vertically.
1959 – Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his second Opening Day homerun.
1961 – Israel begins the trial of Adolf Eichman, accused of war crimes during WWII.
1961 – Bob Dylan makes his first appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village.
1961 – Fifteenth NBA Championship; Boston Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 1.
1962 – New York Mets loses its debut game in Major League Baseball.
1963 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1965 – Twenty-ninth Masters Tournament; Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 271.
1965 – Forty tornadoes strike in US, killing 272 and injuring over 5,000.
1966 – Thirtieth Master Golf Tournament; Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288.
1966 – Emmett Ashford becomes first black major league baseball umpire.
1966 – Frank Sinatra records “Strangers in the Night”.
1968 – President Lyndon Johnson signs the 1968 Civil Rights Act.
1970 – Apollo 13 launched for Moon landing.
1972 – USSR performs an underground nuclear test.
1974 – The Judiciary committee subpoenas President Richard Nixon to produce tapes for impeachment inquiry.
1976 – The Apple I computer, created by Steve Wozniak is released
1980 – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulates sexual harassment.
1981 – Larry Holmes beast Trevor Holmes in fifteen rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.
1981 – President Ronald Reagan returns to the White House from hospital after recovery from an assassination attempt.
1981 – Valerie Bertinelli marries Eddie Van Halen.
1983 – Fifty-fifth Academy Awards; “Gandhi” wins best picture, Ben Kingsley wins best actor and Meryl Steep wins best actress.
1984 – Challenger astronauts complete the first in-space satellite repair.
1991 – The United Nations Security Council issues formal ceasefire with Iraq.
1992 – Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3.
1992 – Actor Christopher Reeve marries singer Dana Morosini
1993 – At the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility 450 prisoners riot, citing prison conditions and forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis).
1996 – “King & I” premieres at Neil Simon Theater in New York City.
2000 – AT&T Park in San Francisco, Minute Maid Park in Houston, and Comerica Park in Detroit open.
2006 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium.
2007 – Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora divorce due to irreconcilable differences.
2007 – American author, Kurt Vonnegut Jr dies at the age of 84, from head trauma.
2012 – Film “The Avengers” premieres, directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr.
2013 – American comedian and actor, Jonathan Winters dies at the age of 87, of natural causes.
2013 – Fossilized dinosaur eggs with embryos are discovered in China.
2014 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame indcutees; Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens.
2015 – Leighton Aspell aboard Many Clouds wins 168th Grand National.
2015 – President Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet in Panama, the first meeting of US and Cuban heads of state since the Cuban Revolution.
If today is your birthday, you share it with the following people:
1913 – Oleg Cassini, fashion designer
1925 – Ethel Kennedy, wife of Robert Kennedy
1935 – Richard Kuklinski, American mafia hit-man.
1939 – Louise Lasser, American Actress (Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!)
1962 – Terry Hoage, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
1963 – Chris Ferguson, American professional poker player
1964 – Steve Azar, Americn singer-songwriter
1966 – Lisa Stansfield, English pop singer (Around the World)
1973 – Monica Chala, Miss Universe-Ecuador (1996)
1973 – Jennifer Esposito, American television actor
1980 – Mark Teixeira, American professional baseball player
1984 – Kelli Garner, American actress
1994 – Dakota Blue Richards, English actress
2002 – Alexa Gerasimovich, American actress
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