This Week in History
1792 – The cornerstone of the White House was laid.
1943 – Italy declared war on Germany, its former Axis partner, during World War II.
Michael Benedetto was born.
Fernando Pires was born.
Claire Weisz was born.
Mason Porretto was born.
1947 – U.S. Air Force Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound.
1964 – Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in civil rights.
David Bernstein was born.
Jake Sullivan was born.
1951 – I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, had its television debut.
1991 – Clarence Thomas got a narrow (52–48) Senate confirmation of his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Laurice Keating was born.
Robby Schwach was born.
Buck Grottano was born.
1793 – French queen Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason.
1978 – John Paul II was elected pope.
Jessica Schulman was born.
1931 – Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion for which he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
1989 – An earthquake measuring 7.1 in magnitude killed 67 and injured over 3,000 in San Francisco.
Blanche Brady was born.
1867 – The United States took possession of Alaska from Russia.
1960 – The United States imposes a partial embargo on goods exported to Cuba.
1987 – The stock market crashed on what came to be known as “Black Monday.” Stocks dropped a record 508 points, or 22.6%, topping the drops on October 28 and 29 in 1929 that ushered in the Great Depression.