Today in History

Osama bin Laden
1536 – King Henry VIII accused Anne Boleyn of adultery andf incest
1776 – France and Spain agree to give weapons to American rebels
1833 – Czar Nicolas bans public sale of serfs
1865 – President Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis
1908 – 1908 “Take me out to the Ball Game” registered for copyright.
1909 – Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs
1918 – General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
1926 – US military intervenes in Nicaragua
1933 – In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions
1949 – Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for “Death of a Salesman
1952 – First performance of John Cage’s “Water Music
1955 – Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for (Cat on Hot Tin Roof)
1968 – Gold reaches record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London
1969 – British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves on maiden voyage to NY
1974 – Spiro Agnew disbarred
1988 – Jackson Pollock’sSearch” sold for $4,800,000
1994 – Dr Kervokian found innocent on assisting suicides
2000 – President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
2011 – Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI’s most wanted man is killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
2012 – Edvard Munch’s famous painting ‘The Scream‘ sells at auction for $119,922,500
Birthdays
1729 – Catherine the Great [Catherine II], Stettin, Pomerania, Kingdom of Prussia, Empress of Russia (1762-96)
1837 – Henry Martyn Robert, parliamentarian (Robert’s Rules of Order)
1903 – Benjamin Spock, New Haven, Connecticut, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care)
1912 – Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate
Anniversaries
1922 – Dancer Isadora Duncan (44) weds Sergei Esenin (26)
Deaths
1519 – Leonardo Da Vinci, artist/scientist, dies at 67
1957 – Joseph McCarthy, anti-communist US senator (R-Wisc), dies at 48
1972 – J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72) dies at 77
2011 – Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda and ‘the most wanted man in the world’ (b. 1957)

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