On this Date in History..

Rosa Park's arrest photo

Rosa Park’s arrest photo

On this Day in History..
63 BC – Cicero reads the last of his Catiline Orations
771 – Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman
1492 – Christopher Columbus lands on Hispaniola (Haiti)
1775 – At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts
1848 – American President Polk triggers the Gold Rush of ’49, by confirming the discovery of gold in California
1854 – Aaron Allen of Boston patents folding theater chair
1876 – Daniel Stillson (Mass) patents 1st practical pipe wrench
1879 – 1st automatic telephone switching system patented
1893 – 1st electric car is built in Toronto and could go 15 miles between charges
1929 – The first US nudist organization is created (American League for Physical Culture, NYC)
1932 – The German physicist Albert Einstein is granted a visa to enter America.
1933 – 21st Amendment is ratified, and the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) is repealed (at 5:32 PM EST)
1945 – The “Lost Squadron” disappears from radar off the east coast of Florida (Bermuda Triangle)
1955 – The historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama after Rosa Parks is arrested for public disobedience
1964 – Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the Vietnam war
1967 – Benjamin Spock & Allen Ginsberg are arrested for protesting the Vietnam war
1973 – Paul McCartney releases “Band on the Run” album
1974 – “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” final episode airs on BBC
1976 – Buffalo Bill OJ Simpson rushes for 203 yards
1978 – Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies to become the highest paid player in Major League Baseball
1990 – Salman Rushdie, ordered to death by Iran for blasphemy, appears in public for 1st time in 2 years (the order is still there today)
2008 – Human remains previously found in 1991 are finally identified by Russian and American scientists as those of Tsar Nicholas II

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