- 1602 – The Dutch East India Company is established.
- 1616 – Sir Walter Raleigh is freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment.
- 1815 – After escaping from Elba, Napoleon enters Paris with a regular army of 140,000 and a volunteer force of around 200,000, beginning his “Hundred Days” rule.
- 1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe‘s Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published.
- 1854 – The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.
- 1916 – Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity.
- 1933 – Giuseppe Zangara is executed in Florida‘s electric chair for fatally shooting Anton Cermak in an assassination attempt against President-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- 1952 – The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with Japan.
- 1985 – Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen begins his circumnavigation of the globe in a wheelchair in the name of spinal cord injury medical research.
- 1987 – The Food and Drug Administration approves the anti-AIDS drug, AZT.
- 1995 – A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway kills 13 and wounds 1,300 persons.
- 2003 – 2003 invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries (the UK, Australia and Poland) begin military operations in Iraq.
Now, let’s check out today’s Headlines Du Jour:
Has Gone Gay Crazy
The madness has spread from the
Christian Right’s talking heads to the leading lights of the Republican Party.
TODAY IN FLOR-I-DUH:
SO GLAD WE’RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:
THE “O” IN GOP STANDS FOR OBSOLETE:
FOX “NEWS” IN THE NEWS AGAIN:
CAN YOU DIG IT:
VIDEO DU JOUR:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Lee “Scratch” Perry.