This Week in History
Mary Ellen Blum Olsen was born.
1914 – Henry Ford introduced the $5-a-day minimum wage.
1972 – President Nixon ordered the development of the space shuttle.
John Carrington was born.
1759 – George Washington married Martha Custis.
1994 – Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan clubbed on leg by men including husband of rival skater Tonya Harding.
Dennis Cook was born.
Patrick Clark was born.
Sarah McGonigle was born.
Augusta Marino was born.
1927 – Transatlantic commercial telephone service began between New York and London.
1953 – Harry Truman announced that the U.S. had developed the hydrogen bomb.
Jill Brady was born.
Christine Charles was born.
Monica Spaeth was born.
1958 – Bobby Fischer won the United States Chess Championship for the first time at age 14.
1964 – President Lyndon Johnson announced his War on Poverty.
Paula Ann DiGioia was born.
1861 – Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union.
1952- Jackie Robinson became the highest paid player in Brooklyn Dodger history.
Marianne Venezia Henry was born.
1863 – The first underground passenger railway, the Metropolitan, opened in London.
1984 – The U.S. and the Vatican reestablished diplomatic relations after a 117-year break.
Sylvan Klein was born.
Anthony “Sneeze” Venezia was born.
1973 – Baseball’s American League adopted the “designated hitter” rule which allowed another player to bat for the pitcher.
2002 – The first al-Qaeda prisoners arrive at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.