1789 Electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States. They also elected John Adams as Vice-President. (However, the results of the balloting were not counted in the U.S. Senate until two months later).
1783 Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America.
1861 Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time, Montgomery AL. Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi & South Carolina elect Jefferson Davis President of Confederacy.
1945 President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.
1990 10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo.
1994 20 die in armed assault on mosque in Khartum Sudan.
1783 Worst quake in 8 years kills some 50,000 (Calabria, Italy).
1797 Earthquake in Quito, Ecuador kills 40,000.
1966 All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133.
1971 Government exhibit under construction collapses, kills 65 in Brazil.
1976 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras.
1977 Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago st (11 die, 200 hurt).
1997 73 Israelis die when army copters collide.
1998 More than 2,300 people were killed when an earthquake hit northeast Afghanistan with a magnitude of 5.9, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
1982 Indoor distance record for a paper airplane (47 meters) Tacoma WA.
1984 Frank Aquilera sets world frisbee distance record (168 meters) Las Vegas.
1971 National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC.
1974 Chimpanzee Nim Chimsky signs his 1st word, at 2½ months.
1964 FAA begins 6 month test of reactions to sonic booms over Oklahoma City OK.
2003 A rare television interview with Saddam Hussein aired in which the Iraqi leader charged that U.S. claims of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in his country were a pretext to seize Iraq's oil fields.
1849 University of Wisconsin begins in 1 room with 20 students.
1971 British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt.
1972 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported.
1938 Hitler seizes control of German army & puts Nazi in key posts.
1866 Mary Baker Eddy cures her injuries by opening a bible.
1949 Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia.
1855 Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela.
1959 Israel begins exporting copper ore.
1997 Secretary of State Madeline Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish.
1932 New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.
1969 John Madden is named head coach of the NFL's Oakland Raiders.
1913 Louis Perlman patents demountable auto tire-carrying wheel rim.
1824 J W Goodrich introduces rubber galoshes to the public.
1930 1st tieless, soundless, shockless streetcar tracks, New Orleans.
1957 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY).
1699 350 rebellious Streltsi executed in Moscow.
1902 Charles A Lindbergh Detroit MI, pilot (1st fly solo across Atlantic).
1904 MacKinlay Kantor Webster City IA, novelist (Andersonville).
1913 Woody Hayes [Wayne], college football coach (Ohio, 1968 coach of year).
Actor William Phipps is 86. Actor Conrad Bain is 85. Actor Gary Conway is 72. Movie director George A. Romero is 68. Rock musician John Steel (The Animals) is 67. Singer Florence LaRue (The Fifth Dimension) is 64. Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 61. Rock singer Alice Cooper is 60. Actor Michael Beck is 59. Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 56. Rock singer Tim Booth is 48. Rock musician Henry Bogdan is 47. Country singer Clint Black is 46. Country musician Dave Buchanan (Yankee Grey) is 42. Actress Gabrielle Anwar is 38. Singer David Garza is 37. Actor Michael Goorjian is 37. Rock musician Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) is 33. Singer Natalie Imbruglia is 33. Rapper Cam'ron is 32. Rock singer Gavin DeGraw is 31. Olympic gold medal gymnast-turned-singer Carly Patterson is 20.
1957 Joseph Hardaway creator of Bugs Bunny, dies at 66.
1983 Karen Carpenter singer/drummer (Carpenters), dies of anorexia at 32.
1987 Pianist Liberace died at his Palm Springs, Calif., home at age 67.
1989 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69.
2003 Opera singer Jerome Hines died in New York at age 81.
2007 Singer-actress Barbara McNair died in Los Angeles at age 72.
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