1908 is considered the starting date of the Boy Scouts movement in England, under the aegis of Robert Baden-Powell.
1943 President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
1943 Hitler orders nazi troops at Stalingrad to fight to death.
1977 5 lawyers murdered by fascist in Madrid.
1987 gunmen in Lebanon kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner and Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. (All were eventually released).
1939 30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile.
1993 Polish ferry boat John Heweliusz sinks, 52 killed.
1913 Franz Kafka stops working on "Amerika"; it will never be finished.
1935 1st canned beer, "Krueger Cream Ale", is sold by Kruger Brewing Co in Richmond VA.
1956 96.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record).
1899 Rubber heel patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan.
1839 Charles Darwin elected member of Royal Society.
1900 Newcastle Badminton Club, world's oldest, formed in England.
1848 James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California, a discovery that led to the gold rush of '49.
1922 Christian K. Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, patented the Eskimo Pie.
1924 the Russian city of Petrograd (formerly St. Petersburg) was renamed Leningrad in honor of the late revolutionary leader. (However, it has since been renamed St. Petersburg).
1764 Governor Winthrop Telescope, is destroyed in a Harvard fire.
1984 Apple Computer Inc unveils its Macintosh personal computer.
1978 a nuclear-powered Soviet satellite, Cosmos 954, plunged through Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated, scattering radioactive debris over parts of northern Canada.
1961 Lazard Brithers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68.
1963 Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champ.
1983 Hulk Hogan pins the Iron Sheik for World Wrestling Federation title.
1988 1st WWF Royal Rumble - Hacksaw Jim Duggan wins.
1964 CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million.
1975 "Hot l Baltimore" situation comedy premieres on ABC TV.
2007 The Democratic-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee dismissed President Bush's plans for a troop buildup in Iraq as "not in the national interest" of the United States.
1656 1st Jewish doctor in US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland.
1943 Jewish patients/nurses/doctors incinerated at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
1958 After warming to 100,000,000º, 2 light atoms are bashed together to create a heavier atom, resulting in 1st man-made nuclear fusion.
1994 Michalis Vranopoulos head of Greek state bank, murdered at 48.
1991 George Gobel comedian, dies of a heart attack at 71,
1994 Dow Jones closes above 3,900 for 1st time (3,914.48).
1970 James "Shep" Shepherd rocker (Shep & Limelites), beaten to death.
1639 George Jenatsch Grisons leader, assassinated.
1547 Henry Howard Earl of Surrey, executed for treason.
1989 confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy was put to death in Florida's electric chair.
1998 Pope John Paul II, delivering blunt political messages during his visit to Cuba, called for the release of "prisoners of conscience" and respect for freedom of expression, initiative and association.
2003 The new Department of Homeland Security officially opened as its head, Tom Ridge, was sworn in.
2003 Connecticut became the first state to take part in the U.S. government's plan to inoculate a half-million health care workers against smallpox. (Only four doctors agreed to be vaccinated that first day.)
1947 NFL adds 5th official (back judge) & allows sudden death in playoffs.
1952 1st NFL team in Texas, Dallas Texans formerly New York Yankees.
1862 Edith Wharton[-Jones] US, novelist (Ethan Frome, Age of Innocence, House of Mirth)
Actor Ernest Borgnine is 91. Evangelist Oral Roberts is 90. Actor Jerry Maren ("The Wizard of Oz") is 89. Actor Marvin Kaplan ("Top Cat") is 81. Cajun musician Doug Kershaw is 72. Singer-songwriter Ray Stevens is 69. Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is 67. Singer Aaron Neville is 67. Actor Michael Ontkean is 62. Actor Daniel Auteuil is 58. Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is 58. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 57. Bandleader-musician Jools Holland is 50. Actress Nastassja Kinski is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Theo Peoples is 47. Country musician Keech Rainwater (Lonestar) is 45. Comedian Phil LaMarr is 41. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sleepy Brown (Society of Soul) is 38. Actor Matthew Lillard is 38. Actress Merrilee McCommas is 37. Actor Ed Helms is 34. Actress Tatyana Ali is 29. Actress Mischa Barton is 22.
41 Caligula [G C Germanicus], Roman emperor (37-41), assassinated at 28
1965 Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.
1986 L[aFayette] Ron[ald] Hubbard author/founder of Scientology (Dianetics,Death Quest), dies at 74
1993 retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall died in Bethesda, Md., at age 84.
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