On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..

378 General Siyaj K’ak’, a Mayan warlord, conquers Tikal and increases the domain of Teotihuacan

1129 Formal approval of the Order of Templars at the Council of Troyes begins

1501 Martin Luther enters the University of Erfurt, at the age of 17

1601 Catholic Church authorities in Rome burn Hebrew books

1690 The Clarinet is invented in Nurnberg, Germany

1699 Massachusetts holds a day of fasting for wrongly persecuting “witches”

1799 Eli Whitney receives the first government contract for 10,000 muskets

1914 Henry Ford introduces his assembly line for the Model T

1919 Andy Rooney is born in Albany NY, CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes)

1935 The Iraq-Mediterranean oil pipeline begins pumping oil

1943 – Franklin D. Roosevelt travels from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill, becoming the first American president to travel by airplane

1956 – Little Richard releases “Tutti Frutti”

1957 Humphrey Bogart is laid to rest

1960 – The US Army promotes Elvis Presley to Sergeant

1963 George C Wallace is sworn in as governor of Alabama, and his inaugural address states “segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!”

1966 David Bowie releases his 1st record (Can’t Help Thinking About Me)

1967 – NY Times reports the US Army is conducting secret germ warfare experiments

1968 – LL Cool J, [James Todd Smith] is born in St Albans NY, rapper (Bigger & Deffer)

1972 “Sanford & Son” starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV

1973 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, is busted for drugs in California

1975 – The USSR breaks its trade agreement with US

1976 “The Bionic Woman” with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC

1981 The US Federal Communications Commission frees television stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wish

1985 16 people are indicted by the US for granting sanctuary to Central American refugees

1986 – Vinicio Cerezo becomes only the 2nd freely elected president of Guatemala since the CIA-sponsored coup in 1954

1989 – 1,000 muslims burn Salman Rushdies’ “Satanic Verses” in Bradford, England

1990 “The Simpsons” debuts on Fox-TV

1995 – Mexico pledges profits from its state-owned Pemex’s $7-billion-per-year oil revenues in an effort to secure US congressional approval of loan guarantees;On the same day President Clinton approves a $20-billion U.S. aid package for Mexico

2004 The national flag of Georgia, the so-called “five cross flag”, is restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years

2012 – Ma Ying-jeou wins re-election as President of the Republic of China with 51% of the vote

2014 American journalist David Satter is expelled from Russia

2016 Alan Rickman, English actor (“Die Hard”, “Harry Potter” franchise), dies of cancer at 69




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