On this Day in History..
1590 – Alexander Farnese’s army forces Henry IV of France to raise the siege of Paris
1698 – Russia’s Peter the Great imposes a tax on beards
1750 – Decree issued in Paderborn Prussia allows for annual search of all Jewish homes for stolen or “doubtful” goods
1796 – General Salicetti orders equal rights for Jews of Bologna Italy
1836 – Sam Houston elected president of Republic of Texas
1839 – The First Opium War begins in China
1918 – Due to the outbreak of WW I, the 15th World Series begins a month early
1922 – The New York Yankees play their final game at the Polo Grounds (played there 7 years)
1939 – FDR declares the United States neutrality at the start of WW II in Europe
1953 – The 1st privately owned atomic reactor begins operations in Raleigh NC
1966 – Jerry Lewis’ 1st Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $15,000
1960 – Cassius Clay captures the Olympic light heavyweight gold medal
1972 – 11 Israeli athletes are slain at the Munich Olympics by Black September
1977 – The Cleveland Indians stage their first “I hate the Yankee Hanky Night”
1983 – Jerry Lewis’ 18th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,691,627
2012 – Austerity measure requires Greece to increase its maximum working days to six per week
2013 – A Senate panel votes to approve a resolution giving President Obama (Nobel Peace Prize recipient) the authority to carry out punitive strikes against Syria for its use of chemical weapons.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the authorization by a 10-7 vote, with one senator voting present. The measure must be passed by a vote of the full Senate to come into force. The vote is likely to take place next week.
The vote marks the first time lawmakers have voted to authorize military action since the October 2002 vote giving President George W. Bush authority to invade Iraq