Today in History
1652 - A Dutch settlement is established at Cape Town, South Africa.
1712 - A slave revolt erupts in New York City.
1798 - The territory of Mississippi is organized.
1862 - The Union forces under Gen. Grant defeat Confederates at Battle of Shiloh, Tenn.
1914 - The British House of Commons passes the Irish Home Rule Bill.
1922 - U.S. Secretary of Interior leases the Teapot Dome naval oil reserves in Wyoming.
1933 - President Roosevelt signs legislation ending Prohibition.
1939 - Italy launches an invasion of Albania.
1943 - British and American armies meet between Wadi Akarit and El Guettar, North Africa, forming a solid line against the German army.
1945 - The Japanese battleship Yamato (the world's largest), is sunk during the battle for Okinawa.
1963 - Yugoslavia proclaims itself a Socialist republic.
1971 - President Nixon pledges he will withdraw 100,000 more men from Vietnam by December.
1975 - North Vietnamese forces begin preparations for a final offensive.
1980 - The United States cuts off relations with Iran.
1983 - Story Musgrave and Don Peterson make first the Space Shuttle spacewalk.
1990 - John Poindexter is found guilty in the Iran-Contra scandal.
1994 - The Rwandan massacres begin.
1897 - Walter Winchell, American newscaster and columnist.
Signing Off. Until next time, I'll see ya on the Blog! drh.