This Day In History
1994 Liz Taylor released from the hospital after hip treatment
1994 A magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes Southern California, killing 61 people and causing $20 billion in damage.
1994 6.6 Earthquake hits Los Angeles killing 60, $30B in damage
1991 The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 114.60, the second highest one-day point-gain ever.
1989 Murden & Metz are first women to reach South Pole overland (on skis)
1989 Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach
1984 Supreme Court rules (5-4) private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws
1979 USSR performs underground nuclear test
1979 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran
1973 City of Amsterdam decides to support Hanoi
1972 Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd
1954 Jacques Cousteau's first network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)
1951 China refuses cease-fire in Korea
1948 Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in New York City NY
1948 Netherlands & Indonesia agree to a cease fire
1947 Muiden Netherlands ammunition factory explodes, 16 die
1945 Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation
1944 Corvette Violet sinks U-641 in Atlantic Ocean
1929 King Inayatullah of Afghanistan forced to abdicate after a coup; he ruled for only three days.
1917 US pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands
1905 Punchboards patented by Charles Brewer & C G Scannell, Chicago IL
1899 US takes possession of Wake Island in Pacific
1863 Civil War skirmish near Newtown VA
1852 British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)
1779 Captain Cook's last notation in ship's log Discovery
1773 Captain James Cook becomes first to cross Antarctic Circle (66º 33' S)
1595 French king Henri IV declares war on Spain
1562 Edict of St Germain recognizes the Huguenots in France
1536 François Rabelais absolved of apostasy by Pope Paul III