Today in History
1784 – The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.
1858 – French emperor Napoleon III escaped an attempt on his life.
1873 – John Hyatt’s 1869 invention ‘Celluloid’ was registered as a trademark.
1878 – Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Britain’s Queen Victoria.
1882 – The Myopia Hunt Club, in Winchester, MA, became the first country club in the United States.
1907 – An earthquake killed over 1,000 people in Kingston, Jamaica.
1939 – “Honolulu Bound” was heard on CBS radio for the first time.
1943 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office. He flew from Miami, FL, to French Morocco where he met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss World War II.
1951 – The first National Football League Pro Bowl All-Star Game was played in Los Angeles, CA.
1952 – NBC’s “Today” show premiered.
1953 – Josip Broz Tito was elected president of Yugoslavia by the country’s Parliament.
1954 – Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married. The marriage only lasted nine months.
1954 – The Hudson Motor Car Company merged with Nash-Kelvinator. The new company was called the American Motors Corporation.
1963 – George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama.
1969 – An explosion aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Enterprise off Hawaii killed 25 crew members.
1972 – NBC-TV debuted “Sanford & Son.”
1973 – The Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII and became the first NFL team to go undefeated in a season.
1985 – Martina Navratilova won her 100th tournament. She joined Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert Lloyd as the only professional tennis players to win 100 tournaments.
1985 – Former Miss America, Phyllis George, joined Bill Kurtis as host of “The CBS Morning News”.