Today in History in 1431 Joan of Arc was handed over to Bishop Pierre Cauchon; in 1496 Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tested a flying machine; and in 1938 the March of Dimes was established to fight polio.
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:
1431 - Joan of Arc handed over to Bishop Pierre Cauchon
1496 - Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.
1521 - Martin Luther excommunicated by Pope Leo X from the Roman Catholic Church
1777 - General George Washington's revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, N.J.
1823 - Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.
1862 - Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson moves north from Winchester
1888 - 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington DC
1925 - Benito Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament/becomes dictator
1938 - March of Dimes established to fight polio
1953 - Frances Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
1957 - 1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster, Pa.
1958 - Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland
1959 - Alaska admitted as 49th US state
1964 - Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You"
1977 - Apple Computer, Inc. incorporates
1985 - Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews
1997 - Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final "Today" show on NBC-TV
2004 - After hosting the show for over 30 years, Casey Kasem gives up the hosting duties of "American Top 40" to Ryan Seacrest
2005 - Craig Ferguson becomes the host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS
106 BC - Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher (d. 43 BC)
1892 - John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, South Africa, philologist/writer (Lord of Rings)
1905 - Ray Milland, Neath Wales, actor (Lost Weekend-Acad Award 1945)
1909 - Victor Borge, [Borge Rosenbaum], Copenhagen Denmark, pianist/comedian
1916 - Betty Furness, actress/journalist/consumer activist (Studio 1), born in NYC, New York
1950 - Victoria Principal, Fukuoka Japan, actress (Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas)
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