Today in History
0322 BC – Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, died.
1774 – The British closed the port of Boston to all commerce.
1799 – In Palestine, Napoleon captured Jaffa and his men massacred more than 2,000 Albanian prisoners.
1848 – In Hawaii, the Great Mahele was signed.
1849 – The Austrian Reichstag was dissolved.
1850 – U.S. Senator Daniel Webster endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a method of preserving the Union.
1854 – Charles Miller received a patent for the sewing machine.
1876 – Alexander Graham Bell received a patent (U.S. Patent No. 174,465) for his telephone.
1901 – It was announced that blacks had been found enslaved in parts of South Carolina.
1904 – The Japanese bombed the Russian town of Vladivostok.
1904 – In Springfield, OH, a mob broke into a jail and shot a black man accused of murder.
1906 – Finland granted women the right to vote.
1908 – Cincinnati's Mayor Leopold Markbreit announced before the city council that, 'Women are not physically fit to operate automobiles.'
1911 – Willis Farnworth patented the coin-operated locker.
1911 – In the wake of the Mexican Revolution, the U.S. sent 20,000 troops to the border of Mexico.
1918 – Finland signed an alliance treaty with Germany.
1925 – The Soviet Red Army occupied Outer Mongolia.
1927 – A Texas law that banned Negroes from voting was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1933 – CBS radio debuted 'Marie The Little French Princess.' It was the first daytime radio serial.
1933 – The board game Monopoly was invented.
1935 – Malcolm Campbell set an auto speed record of
276.8 mph in Florida.
1936 – Hitler sent German troops into the Rhineland in violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles.
1942 – Japanese troops landed on New Guinea.
1945 – During World War II, U.S. forces crossed the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany.
1947 – John L. Lewis declared that only a totalitarian regime could prevent strikes.
1951 – U.N. forces in Korea under General Matthew Ridgeway launched Operation Ripper against the Chinese.
1954 – Russia appeared for the first time in ice-hockey competition. Russia defeated Canada 7-2 to win the world ice-hockey title in Stockholm, Sweden.
1955 – Phyllis Diller made her debut at the Purple Onion in San Francisco, CA.
1959 – Melvin C. Garlow became the first pilot to fly over a million miles in jet airplanes.
1965 – State troopers and a sheriff's posse broke up a march by civil rights demonstrators in Selma, AL.
1968 – The Battle of Saigon came to an end.
1971 – A thousand U.S. planes bombed Cambodia and Laos.
1975 – The U.S. Senate revised the filibuster rule. The new rule allowed 60 senators to limit debate instead of the previous two-thirds.
1981 – Anti-government guerrillas in Colombia executed the kidnapped American Bible translator Chester Allen Bitterman. The guerrillas accused Bitterman of being a CIA agent.
1983 – TNN (The Nashville Network) began broadcasting.