- 1204 – The Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade breach the walls of Constantinople and enter the city, which they completely occupy the following day.
- 1861 – American Civil War: The war begins with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.
- 1864 – American Civil War: The Fort Pillow massacre: Confederate forces kill most of the African American soldiers that surrendered at Fort Pillow, Tennessee.
- 1934 – The strongest surface wind gust in the world at 231 mph, is measured on the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire.
- 1945 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office; vice-president Harry Truman is sworn in as the 33rd President.
- 1955 – The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, is declared safe and effective.
- 1961 – The Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital flight, in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1).
- 1980 – Terry Fox begins his “Marathon of Hope” at St. John’s, Newfoundland.
- 1981 – The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place – the STS-1 mission.
- 1999 – US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving “intentionally false statements” in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.
Let’s tiptoe through today’s Headlines Du Jour:
TEABAGGED ENOUGH ALREADY?
GOP-ED ENOUGH ALREADY?
MORE EXCITING EPISODES OF COPS GONE WILD:
HISTORY IS COMPLICATED. HUMAN HISTORY EVEN MORE SO:
JIM DE MINT IN THE NEWS AGAIN:
Stephen Colbert Explains Bill O’Reilly’s “Unified Theory Of Why Everything Is Going To Hell”
Colbert: O’Reilly Takes On “The Far Left’s Obsession
With Equality” With “Grievance Industry” Attacks
VIDEO DU JOUR: