On this Date in History..
1156 – According to legend, freeholder Lalli slays the English crusader Bishop Henry with an axe on the ice of Lake Köyliönjärvi in Finland
1502 – The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored by Columbus
1785 – Samuel Ellis publishes an advertisement to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Is).., but there are no takers!!
1840 – Dumont D’Urville discovers Adélie Land in the Antarctica
1841 – China cedes Hong Kong to the British during the 1st Opium War (the first real drug war?)
1887 – The US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
1905 – The US begins supervision of the Dominican Republic’s national and international debts, testing Roosevelt’s ‘Corollary’ to the Monroe Doctrine
1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is founded
1930 – 1st radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger”
1942 – Nazi officials hold the notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin to organise the “final solution”; the extermination of Europe’s Jews
1944 – The RAF drops 2,300 tons of bombs on Berlin, Germany
1959 – Carl Switzer, actor (Alfalfa-Our Gang), is shot to death at 31
1961 – Democrat J.F. Kennedy is inaugurated as President of the United States, the youngest president ever sworn in. His adversary Richard Nixon is inaugurated 8 years later..
1969 – Richard M Nixon is inaugurated as US president
1971 – John Lennon meets Yoko Ono‘s parents in Japan
1989 -Ronald Reagan becomes the first president elected in a “0” year, since 1840, to leave office alive
1998 – The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts the Mama & Papas & the Eagles
2002 – Photographs showing al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects shackled and masked are published by the United States military