Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Wednesday, August 10

This Day In History

  • 1821   Missouri became the 24th state.
  • 1833   Chicago, Illinois was incorporated on this day, not as a city, but as a village. The Windy City had a population of less than 200 at the time.
  • 1846   Congress chartered the Smithsonian Institution, named after English scientist James Smithson, whose bequest of $500,000 made it possible.
  • 1874   Herbert Clark Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, was born in West Branch, Iowa.
  • 1885   America's first commercially operated electric streetcar began operation in Baltimore.
  • 1921   Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio at his summer home on the Canadian island of Campobello.
  • 1944   American forces overcame Japanese resistance on Guam during World War II.
  • 1949   The National Military Establishment was renamed the Department of Defense.
  • 1969   Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were murdered in their Los Angeles home by members of Charles Manson's cult, one day after actress Sharon Tate and four other people were slain.
  • 1973   For the first time in his golfing career, Arnold Palmer failed to make the cut for the final two rounds of the PGA Golf Championship. This one was in Cleveland, OH.
  • 1981   Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies connected for career hit number 3,631, becoming the National League leader for hits, breaking the record set by Stan ‘The Man’ Musial. Rose had been one hit away from that record before a 50-day players’ strike kept the mark at bay. At the time, Rose was third on the all-time hit list -- behind Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron.
  • 1987   The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 2600 mark, after a gain of 43.84 points. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones industrials were at 2635.84. That’s it from the Financial Desk...
  • 1988   President Ronald Reagan signed a measure providing $20,000 payments to Japanese-Americans interred by the U.S. government during World War II.
  • 1993   Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female Supreme Court justice.
  • 1994   President Bill Clinton claimed presidential immunity in asking a federal judge to dismiss, at least for the time being, a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Paula Corbin Jones, a former Arkansas state employee.
  • 1995   Norma McCorvey, ''Jane Roe'' of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, announced she had joined the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue.
  • 1995   Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were indicted (11 counts each) for bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The April 19, 1995 blast killed 168 people. The first three counts of the indictment were for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction to kill people and destroy federal property. The eight remaining counts were for killing federal law enforcement agents.
  • 2003   Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal turned the 12th unassisted triple play in major league history against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Happy Birthday To
  • 1874   Herbert (Clark) Hoover (31st U.S. President [1929-1933]; married to Lou Henry [two sons]; first U.S. President born west of the Mississippi River; first to have a telephone at his desk; died Oct 20, 1964)
  • 1899   Jack (John Joseph) Haley (actor: The Wizard of Oz, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Alexander’s Ragtime Band; died June 6, 1979)
  • 1926   Junior Samples (comedian: Hee Haw; died Nov 13, 1983)
  • 1928   Jimmy Dean (Seth Ward) (Grammy Award-winning singer, sausage mogul)
  • 1928   Eddie Fisher (singer)
  • 1960   Antonio Banderas (José Antonio Domínguez Banderas) (actor)

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