On this day

My picks

  • 1791 – Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris.
  • 1807 – The U.S. Congress passes an act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States… from any foreign kingdom, place, or country.
  • 1861, Harper’s Weekly featured a cartoon about President Abraham Lincoln.
  • 1877U.S. presidential election, 1876: The U.S. Congress declares Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the election even though Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876 (Reconstruction ends).
  • 1888 – The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.
  • 1896Ethiopia defeats Italy in the Battle of Adwa, marking the first victory of an African nation over a colonial power.
  • 1904Dr. Seuss, is born (American author)
  • 1923 Time magazine made its debut.
  • 1931Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize was born
  • 1933King Kong premieres in New York City.
  • 1939Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli is elected Pope and takes the name Pius XII.
  • 1941World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.
  • 1943 – World War II: Battle of the Bismarck SeaUnited States and Australian forces sink Japanese convoy ships.
  • 1949Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute.
  • 1953 – The Academy Awards are first broadcast on television by NBC.
  • 1956Morocco declares its independence from France.
  • 1956: King of Jordan sacks British generalKing Hussein of Jordan sacks the British commander of the Arab Legion in an effort to strengthen his own position within the Arab world.
  • 1969 – In Toulouse, France the first test flight of the Concorde is conducted.
  • 1985 – The government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus, allowing possibly contaminated blood to be excluded from the blood supply.
  • 1989 – Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century.
  • 1990Nelson Mandela elected deputy President of the African National Congress.
  • 1991 – Battle at Rumaila Oil Field brings end to the 1991 Gulf War.
  • 1995 – Yahoo! is incorporated.
  • 2002U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ending on March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).
  • 2004 – War in Iraq: Al Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500.
  • 2004 – War in Iraq: A United Nations report from the weapons inspection teams states that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction of any significance after 1994, despite US President George W. Bush‘s and Prime Minister Blair’s objection to the contrary before the invasion.
  • 2006Sir Menzies Campbell is elected the new leader of the United Kingdom Liberal Democrats.
  • National Banana cream pie dayFor full list click here.
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