|1992 ||In a Milwaukee courtroom, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is sentenced to life in prison. |
|1990||Former US president Ronald Reagan gives videotaped testimony for a second day about the Iran-Contra affair, for the trial of former national security adviser, John Poindexter.|
|1988||Lt. Col. William Higgins, a US officer with the United Nations truce monitoring group, is kidnapped (and later slain) in southern Lebanon. |
|1982||Jazz piano great Thelonious Monk dies of a stroke at age 64.|
|1972||US president Richard Nixon begins his historic trip to mainland China.
Photo shows President Nixon (left) with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai.
(photo credit: NARA)
|1968||The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens in Springfield, MA.|
The Beatles record instrumental tracks for Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!, a song that will ultimately appear on their Sergeant Pepper album, at EMI Studios in London.
(photo credit: Capitol Records)
|1947||The Voice of America radio station begins broadcasting their signal to the USSR.|
|1933||Newsweek magazine begins publication.|
|1904||The Giacomo Puccini opera Madam Butterfly premieres at La Scala.|
|1897||The National Congress of Mothers, later to become the national congress of the PTA, is founded in Washington, DC.|
|1865||The city of Columbia, SC, is set ablaze as Confederate troops evacuate, allowing Union forces to move in, during the US Civil War.|
|1801||The US House of Representatives elects Thomas Jefferson as President, to break the electoral vote tie between Jefferson and Aaron Burr, who became vice president.|
|1673||French author and playwright Moliere (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) dies in Paris at age 51.|