1981 Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide.
1861 Georgia becomes 5th state to secede.
1861 MS troops take Fort Massachusetts an Ship Island.
1862 Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky (Fishing Creek, Logan's Crossroads).
1915 1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die.
1941 British offensive in Eritrea.
1941 British troops occupy Kassalaf Sudan.
1942 Japanese forces invade Burma
1975 4 mail truck assault on El Al B-747 in Paris, escape to Iraq.
1917 Silvertown Essex's ammunition factory explodes; 300 die.
1947 SS Himera runs aground at Athens, kills 392.
1982 Heater explodes at Star Elementary School-Oklahoma, kills 6 kids & teacher.
1985 4 die in a car & train crash in Buda IL.
1922 Geological survey says US oil supply would be depleted in 20 years.
1939 Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 seconds.
1903 New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced.
1984 Francesco Moser bicycles world record time 50,808 km (he is the first man to break the 50 km/h barrier).
1793 French King Louis XVI sentenced to death.
1809 Edgar Allan Poe - Boston, author (Pit & the Pendulum) born.
1971 Beatles' Helter Skelter is played at the Charles Manson trial.
1825 Ezra Daggett & nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans.
1915 Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude.
1984 California Supreme Court refuses to allow quadriplegic Elizabeth Bouvia to starve herself to death in a public hospital, she appeals and is later granted the right to die.
1903 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England.
1937 Millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
1840 Antarctica discovered, Charles Wilkes expedition (US claim).
1970 UCLA fires Angela Davis for being a communist.
1983 Klaus Barbie, SS chief of Lyon in Nazi-France, arrested in Bolivia.
1955 "The Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS.
1955 1st Presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower).
1961 1st episode for "The Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed.
1988 "48 Hours" premieres on CBS-TV.
1966 Indira Gandhi elected India's 3rd prime minister.
1979 John N Mitchell (former AG) released on parole from federal prison.
1944 The federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads following settlement of a wage dispute.
1977 World's largest crowd-12.7 million-for Indian religious festival.
1986 Israeli premier Simon Peres visits Netherlands.
1986 Spain recognizes Israel.
1993 Israel recognizes PLO as no longer criminal.
1970, President Richard Nixon nominated G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court; however, the nomination was defeated because of controversy over Carswell's past racial views.
1871 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey.
1987 Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's 1st Republican governor since 1874.
1977 In one of his last acts of office, President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino, an American who had made wartime broadcasts for Japan.(Tokyo Rose)
1886 Aurora Ski Club, 1st in US, founded in Minnesota.
1998 During a ceremony in Atlanta commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Vice President Gore announced that the Clinton administration would propose increasing spending on civil rights by $86 million.
1955 "Scrabble" debuts on board game market.
1991 Sergeant Slaughter defeats Ultimate Warrior for WWF championship belt.
1992 Nature Boy Ric Flair becomes WWF champ at Royal Rumble.
1992 Rowdy Roddy Piper beats Mountie to become WWF Intercontinental Champ.
1920 US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations.
1967 Herr Karl Tausch writes shortest will "Vse Zene" (All to wife).
2003 President Fidel Castro and millions of other Cubans voted in parliamentary elections where all 609 candidates ran uncontested.
1952 PGA approves allowing black participants.
2007 Former Republican Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for his role in a lobbying scandal.
Actress Jean Stapleton is 85. Actor Fritz Weaver is 82. Actress Tippi Hedren is 78. Former PBS newsman Robert MacNeil is 77. Movie director Richard Lester is 76. Singer Phil Everly is 69. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 66. Actress Shelley Fabares is 64. Country singer Dolly Parton is 62. ABC newswoman Ann Compton is 61. TV chef Paula Deen is 61. Rock singer Martha Davis is 57. Singer Dewey Bunnell (America) is 56. Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 55. Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 53. Actress Katey Sagal is 51. Reggae musician Mickey Virtue (UB40) is 51. Actor Paul McCrane is 47. Actor William Ragsdale is 47. Tennis player Stefan Edberg is 42. Rock singer Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) is 40. Singer Trey Lorenz is 39. Actor Shawn Wayans is 37. Rock singer-musician John Wozniak (Marcy Playground) is 37. Actress Drea de Matteo is 36. Comedian-impressionist Frank Caliendo is 34. Actress Marsha Thomason is 32. Actress Jodie Sweetin is 26. Actor Logan Lerman is 16.
570 Mohammed Islamic prophet (Koran)
1736 James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, was born in Scotland.
1807 Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Va.
1990 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Indian guru, dies at 58
1998 "Rockabilly" pioneer Carl Perkins died in Jackson, Tenn., at age 65.
2007 Denny Doherty, a member of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas, died near Toronto at age 66.
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