Today in History in 1611 Henry Hudson was set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery and was never seen again; in 1847 the doughnut was created; and in 1969 actress Judy Garland (Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade), dies at age 47.
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:
1611 - Henry Hudson set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery & never seen again
1633 - Galileo Galilei forced to recant Earth orbits Sun by Pope (on Oct 31, 1992, Vatican admits it was wrong)
1675 - Royal Greenwich Observatory established in England by Charles II
1772 - Somerset v Stewart UK court case finds slavery unsupported by English common law, encourages abolitionist movement
1847 - Doughnut created
1848 - Beginning of the June Days Uprising in Paris.
1911 - King George V crowned king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and all his realms and territories beyond the sea.
1930 - Lou Gehrig hits 3 HRs in a game, Ruth hits 3 in doubleheader
1934 - John Dillinger is informally named America's first Public Enemy Number One
1941 - Germany, Italy & Romania declare war on Soviet Union
1944 - US President Franklin Roosevelt signs "GI Bill of Rights" (Servicemen's Readjustment Act)
1979 - Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit
1990 - Nelson Mandela addresses the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid in New York, saying that nothing, which has happened in South Africa, calls for a revision of the position that the Organization has taken in its struggle against apartheid; he adds that a democratic, non-racial SA is within reach
2011 - After hiding for 16 years, Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California
1903 - John Dillinger, Indianapolis Indiana, notorious bank robber
1906 - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Englewood New Jersey, American author and aviator (Gift from the Sea)
1906 - Billy Wilder, director (Some Like It Hot, Apartment, Stalag 17), born in Vienna, Austria
1909 - Mike Todd, [Avrom Goldbogen], Minneapolis Minnesota, US theatre and film director ("Around the World in 80 Days"), (d. 1958)
1918 - Cicely Saunders, Barnet, Hertfordshire, English Nurse, physician and writer who founded the first modern hospice (d. 2005)
1928 - Ralph Waite, White Plains New York, American actor, director and political candidate (Cool Hand Luke, The Waltons)