- 529 – First draft of the Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I.
- 1788 – American Pioneers to the Northwest Territory arrive at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers, establishing Marietta, Ohio, as the first permanent American settlement of the new United States in the Northwest Territory, and opening the westward expansion of the new country.
- 1805 – Lewis and Clark Expedition: The Corps of Discovery breaks camp among the Mandan tribe and resumes its journey West along the Missouri River.
- 1829 – Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, commences translation of the Book of Mormon, with Oliver Cowdery as his scribe.
- 1868 – Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation is assassinated by Irish Republicans, in one of the few Canadian political assassinations, and the only one of a federal politician.
- 1927 – First distance public television broadcast (from Washington, D.C., to New York City, displaying the image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover).
- 1933 – Prohibition in the United States is repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the XXI amendment.
- 1940 – Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
- 1964 – IBM announces the System/360.
- 1967 – Film critic Roger Ebert published his very first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- 1969 – The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1.
- 1971 – President Richard Nixon announces his decision to increase the rate of American troop withdrawals from Vietnam.
- 1980 – The United States severs relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- 1983 – During STS-6, astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson perform the first space shuttle spacewalk.
- 1990 – Iran Contra Affair: John Poindexter is found guilty of five charges for his part in the scandal (the conviction is later reversed on appeal).
- 2001 – Mars Odyssey is launched.
- 2003 – U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.
Let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour:
A Vicious Homophobic Statement
by a South Carolina State Senator
Harvey Milk Will Be The First Openly
Gay Official To Appear On A U.S. Stamp
Mozilla CEO faced ‘new fascism,’ Gingrich says
Chill Out About Firefox, Everybody
TEABAGGED ENOUGH ALREADY?
Paul Ryan: Still a Total Jerk
Mormon Leader Outlines
Opposition To Gay Marriage
Church Asks Activist Group to Reconsider Plans to Protest at General Conference
Bill Maher: John Roberts'
McCutcheon Ruling Could've Been
'Written By The Little Mermaid'
Tea Party leaders: Liberals risk God’s wrath with ‘covetous’ opposition to income inequality
HELPING OUR ENVIRONMENT:
Monarch butterflies could use your help - here's what you can do
HURTING OUR ENVIRONMENT:
Whooping cough bounces back
Would a vineyard
on Belle Isle work?
THE NEWS IN THE NEWS AGAIN:
Vox Takes Melding
of Journalism and
Technology to a New Level
How Dumping Keith Olbermann and Martin Bashir Killed MSNBC
LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:
Bill O'Reilly Mocks The Poor
At "Benefit For Poor (?) Kids"
THE EVUL LIBRUL LEFT-WING MEDIA:
15 things everyone would know if there were a liberal media
R.I.P. Windows XP 2001-2014. What can you do now?
IN INNER SPACE:
Scientists smash barrier to growing organs from stem cells
IN OUTER SPACE:
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