Today in History in 1803 John Hawkins and Richard French patent the Reaping Machine; in 1886 John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, died at age 82; and in 1961 Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers.
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
1527 - Pánfilo de Narváez departs to Spain explore Florida with 600 men - by 1536 only 4 survive
1803 - John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
1961 - Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers
1973 - Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings
2004 - Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
1490 - Albert of Prussia, Ansbach, 1st Duke of Prussia
1903 - James "cool papa" Bell, Starkville, Mississippi, baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game (d. 1991)
1961 - Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Gweedore, County Donegal, Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain)
1962 - Craig Ferguson, Glasgow, Scottish actor, writer and comedian
1965 - Trent Reznor, musician (9 Inch Nails)
1955 - Bill Paxton, actor (Brain Dead, Next of Kin, Indian Summer, True Lies)
1956 - Bob Saget, Phila, comedian (Full House, America's Funniest Home Video)
1985 - Derek Hough, dancer and choreographer who became a multi-time champion on Dancing With the Stars. He earned a world championship title in U-21 Latin American Dance competition. He was named IDSF World Youth Latin Champion in 2002.
1763 - Philosopher Marquis de Sade (22) weds Renee Pelagie de Montreuil in Paris
1827 - US President Andrew Johnson (18) weds Eliza McCardle (16) in Warrenton, Tennessee
1923 - Actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (21) weds assistant director Rudolf Sieber (26) in Berlin, Germany
1947 - NBA center George Mikan (22) weds college sweetheart Patricia Lu Daveny
1997 - Sylvester Stallone weds Jennifer Flavin in London
1829 - John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1745)
1886 - John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, dies at 82
2012 - Donna Summer, American singer, dies from lung cancer at 63
2014 - Gerald Edelman, American biologist & Nobel laureate, dies from natural causes at 84
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