Today in History in 1991 The body of Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the USA, was exhumed to test how he died in 1850; and in 1994 OJ Simpson doesn't turn himself in on murder charges, LA cops chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours, eventually gives up (seen live on TV).
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:
656 - Ali ibn Abu Talib chosen kalief of Islam
1291 - After 200 years of crusader control, Acre is the last crusader stronghold reconquered and destroyed by the Mamluks under Sultan al-Ashraf Khalil
1579 - Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it "New Albion"
1631 - Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spends more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal.
1775 - Battle of Bunker Hill (actually it was Breed's Hill)
1788 - After a lengthy stay in Europe, future US President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams return to Boston
1856 - Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia
1824 - US Bureau of Indian Affairs established
1837 - Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent
1928 - Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)
1960 - Ted Williams hit his 500th HR
1970 - Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera
1982 - US President Reagan's 1st UN General Assembly address "We must serve mankind through genuine disarmament."
1991 - The body of Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the USA, is exhumed to test how he died; rumours had persisted since his death in 1850 of arsenic poisoning - no evidence of this was found.
1994 - OJ Simpson doesn't turn himself in on murder charges, LA cops chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours, eventually gives up (seen live on TV)
1742 - William Hooper, US attorney (signed Declaration of Independence)
1871 - James Weldon Johnson, civil rights activist, diplomat, poet (leader of NAACP) born Jacksonville Florida (d. 1938)
1882 - Igor Stravinsky, Oranienbaum, Russia, composer (Rite of Spring) [OS 05/06]
1903 - Ruth Wakefield, inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie (d. 1977)
1904 - Ralph Bellamy, actor (Air Mail, Dive Bomber, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois