Michelle Comins was born.
Nancy Gahles was born.
1956 - Rocky Marciano retired as the undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion.
1983 - Pitcher Nolan Ryan surpassed Walter Johnson’s strikeout record — one Johnson had held since 1927.
Jim Moore was born.
1945 - Benito Mussolini was executed.
1947 - Thor Heyerdahl and five others began their Pacific Ocean crossing on the raft, Kon-Tiki.
Terence McNicholas was born.
Mary Sternhell was born.
1992 - A Los Angeles jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating Rodney King. Massive rioting and looting ensued.
Rose Love Resker was born.
Margaret O’Hanlon was born.
1803 - France sold Louisiana and adjoining lands to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
1945 - Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide.
John O’Connor was born.
Megan Rochelle was born.
1931 - The Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 102 stories, it would be the world's tallest building for the next 41 years.
1960 - The Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Soviet territory.
Mary Kilgallen was born.
1939 - Lou Gehrig established a new major-league baseball record when he played his 2,130th consecutive game. It would take another 57 years before Cal Ripken, Jr., broke it.
2011 - U.S. troops and CIA operatives shot and killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Marian Scannell Slakman was born.
1937 - Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Gone With the Wind.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS