Today in History
1099 – Crusade leaders visited the Mount of Olives where they met a hermit who urged them to assault Jerusalem.
1442 – Alfonso V of Aragon was crowned King of Naples.
1665 – England installed a municipal government in New York. It was the former Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.
1812 – Napoleon's invasion of Russia began.
1838 – The Iowa Territory was organized.
1839 – Abner Doubleday created the game of baseball, according to the legend.
1849 – Lewis Haslett patented a gas mask. (Patent
1897 – Carl Elsener patented his penknife. The object later became known as the Swiss army knife.
1898 – Philippine nationalists declared their independence from Spain.
1900 – The Reichstag approved a second law that would allow the expansion of the German navy.
1901 – Cuba agreed to become an American protectorate by accepting the Platt Amendment.
1912 – Lillian Russel retired from the stage and was married for the fourth time.
1918 – The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurred on World War I's Western Front in France.
1921 – U.S. President Warren Harding urged every young man to attend military training camp.
1923 – Harry Houdini, while suspended upside down 40 feet above the ground, escaped from a strait jacket.
1926 – Brazil quit the League of Nations in protest over plans to admit Germany.
1935 – U.S. Senator Huey Long of Louisiana made the longest speech on Senate record. The speech took 15 1/2 hours and was filled by 150,000 words.
1935 – The Chaco War was ended with a truce. Bolivia and Paraguay had been fighting since 1932.
1937 – The Soviet Union executed eight army leaders under Joseph Stalin.
1939 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.
1941 – In London, the Inter-Allied Declaration was signed. It was the first step towards the establishment of the United Nations.
1944 – Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung announced that he would support Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in the war against Japan.
1948 – Ben Hogan won his first U.S. Open golf classic.
1963 – 'Cleopatra' starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison, and Richard Burton premiered at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City.
1963 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, MS.
1967 – State laws which prohibited interracial marriages were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1971 – Tricia Nixon and Edward F. Cox were married in the White House Rose Garden.
1975 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was found guilty of corrupt election practices in 1971.
1979 – Bryan Allen flew the Gossamer Albatross, man powered, across the English Channel.
1981 – Major league baseball players began a 49 day strike. The issue was free-agent compensation.
in New York City's Central Park. Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Linda Ronstadt were in attendance.
1985 – The U.S. House of Representatives approved $27 million in aid to the Nicaraguan contras.
1986 – South Africa declared a national state of emergency. Virtually unlimited power was given to security forces and restrictions were put on news coverage of the unrest.
1987 – U.S. President Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
1990 – The parliament of the Russian Federation formally declared its sovereignty.
1991 – Russians went to the election polls and elected Boris N. Yeltsin as the president of their republic.
1991 – The Chicago Bulls won their first NBA championship. The Bulls beat the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one.
1992 – In a letter to the U.S. Senate, Russian Boris Yeltsin stated that in the early 1950's the Soviet Union had shot down nine U.S. planes and held 12 American survivors.
1996 – In Philadelphia a panel of federal judges blocked a law against indecency on the internet. The panel said that the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe upon the free speech rights of adults.
1997 – Interleague play began in baseball, ending a 126year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series.
1997 – The U.S. Treasury Department unveiled a new $50 bill meant to be more counterfeit-resistant.