Today in History in 1923 Harry Houdini frees himself from a straight-jacket while suspended upside down, 40 feet above ground in NYC; in 1942 Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present in Amsterdam; and in 1987 US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin wall.
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:
1381 - Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath.
1787 - US Law passes providing a senator must be at least 30 years old
1830 - Beginning of the French colonization of Algeria: 34,000 French soldiers land 27 kilometers west of Algiers, at Sidi Ferruch.
1898 - Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain
1923 - Harry Houdini frees himself from a straight jacket while suspended upside down, 40 feet (12 m) above ground in NYC
1931 - Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition & perjury
1942 - Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present (Amsterdam)
1943 - Himmler orders extermination of all Nazi ghettos in occupied Poland
1964 - Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa
1965 - Sonny & Cher make their 1st TV appearance on "American Bandstand"
1965 - Big Bang theory of creation of universe is supported by announcement of discovery of new celestial bodies know as blue galaxies
1966 - Dave Clark Five sets record as they appear for 12th time on Ed Sullivan
1987 - US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin wall
2009 - TSC: All television broadcasts in the United States switch from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission.
1916 - Irwin Allen, director (Land of the Giants, Poseidon Adventure), born in NYC, New York
1916 - Ivan Tors, TV producer (Sea Hunt, Flipper)
1924 - George H. W. Bush, Milton MA, 43 US Vice President (R, 1981-89) and 41st US President (R, 1989-93)
1929 - Anne Frank, Frankfurt Germany, Dutch Jewish Nazi victim/diarist (Diary of Anne Frank)
1932 - Jim Nabors, Sylacauga Al, actor/singer (Gomer Pyle)
1941 - Chick Corea, Chelsea Mass, jazz pianist (Delhpi I, Toy Dance)
1733 - King of Prussia Frederick the Great (21) weds duchess Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern (18) at Schloss Salzdahlum in Wolfenbüttel, Germany
1927 - Inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi (53) weds Maria Cristina Bezzi-Scali
1949 - Religious leader Jim Jones (18) weds nurse Marceline Baldwin