Today in History
1413 Henry IV of England is succeed by his son Henry V.
1739 In India, Nadir Shah of Persia occupies Delhi and takes possession of the Peacock throne.
1760 The Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings.
1792 In Paris, the Legislative Assembly approves the use of the guillotine.
1815 Napoleon Bonaparte enters Paris and begins his
1841 Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue, considered the first detective story, is published.
1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe‘s Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published.
1906 Army officers in Russia mutiny at Sevastopol.
1915 The French call off the Champagne offensive on the Western Front.
1918 The Bolsheviks of the Soviet Union ask for American aid to rebuild their army.
1922 President Warren G. Harding orders U.S. troops back from the Rhineland.
1932 The German dirigible, Graf Zepplin, makes the first flight to South America on regular schedule.
1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt names William O. Douglas to the Supreme Court.
1940 The British Royal Air Force conducts an all-night air raid on the Nazi airbase at Sylt, Germany.
1943 The Allies attack Field Marshall Erwin Rommel‘s forces on the Mareth Line in North Africa.
1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson orders 4,000 troops to protect the Selma-Montgomery civil rights marchers.
1969 Senator Edward Kennedy calls on the United States to close all bases in Taiwan.
1976 Patty Hearst is convicted of armed robbery.
1982 U.S. scientists return from Antarctica with the first land mammal fossils found there.
1987 The United State approves AZT, a drug that is proven to slow the progress of AIDS.
43BC Ovid, Roman poet.
1811 Napoleon II, son of Napoleon Bonaparte, Duke of Reichstadt.
1828 Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian dramatist (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler).
1904 B.F. Skinner, American psychologist.
1917 Dame Vera Lynn , British singer.
1922 Raymond Walter Goulding, Radio comedian of Bob and Ray fame.
1925 John Ehrlichman, White House advisor to President Nixon.
1928 Fred Rogers, television performer (Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood).
1957 Shelton ‘Spike’ Lee, film director (Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X).