Today in History

1025 – Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.
1506 – The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid.
1775 – Paul Revere and William Dawes ride warning the “regulars are coming!”
1783 – Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began.
1848 – American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.
Robert E. Lee

1861 – Col Robert E. Lee turns down offer to command Union armies

1868 – San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals formed
1874 – David Livingstone, African explorer, buried in Westminster Abbey
1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the county jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.
1902 – Denmark is first country to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals
1906 – San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000
1912 – The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City’s Chelsea Piers
1923 – 74,000 on hand for opening of Yankee Stadium
1924 – First crossword puzzle book published (Simon & Schuster)
1925 – World’s Fair opens in Chicago
1954 – Colonel Nasser seizes power and becomes Prime Minister of Egypt
1958 – A US federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.
1964 – Sandy Koufax is first to strike out the side on 9 pitches
1983 – A lone suicide bomber kills 63, at US Embassy in Lebanon
Richard M. Nixon

1994 – Former President Nixon suffers a stroke and dies 4 days later

2013 – Two earth-like planets are discoveredorbiting the star Kepler-62
1480 – Lucretia Borgia, murderess (poison)/daughter (Pope Alexander VI)
1857 – Clarence S Darrow, defense attorney at Scopes monkey trial
1956 – Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco in civil ceremony
1994 – Roseanne Barr Arnold files for divorce from Tom Arnold
1161 – Theobald of Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury
1945 – Ernest T Pyle, British/US newscaster, killed in WW II at 44
1955 – Albert Einstein, Nobel laureate (b. 1879)
1976 – Percy Julian, holder of more than 138 chemical patents, dies at 78
1996 – Piet Hein, architect/poet/mathematician/inventor, dies at 80
2002 – Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer (b. 1914)
2012 – Dick Clark, American radio and television personality, dies from a heart attack at 82

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