Today in 1639, Connecticut adopted its first constitution, the “Fundamental Orders.”
Today in 1784,t he United States ratifies a peace treaty with England that ended the Revolutionary War.
Today in 1870, for the first time, a cartoon drawing by Thomas Nast of a donkey appeared on “Harper’s Weekly” symbolizing the Democratic Party. Nast labeled the drawing, “A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion.”
Today in 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane on official business while in office. He flew from Miami, FL to French Morocco in order to meet with British Prim Minister Winston Churchill to discuss World War II.
Today in 1951, the first NFL Pro Bowl All-Star Game was played in Los Angeles.
Today in 1969, an explosion and resulting killed 28 crew members and left more than 300 more injured on the U.S. aircraft carrier Enterprise in the waters off Hawaii.
Today in 1973, the Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII and became the first NFL team to go undefeated in a season.
Today in 1994, President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the Kremlin accords in order to stop aiming missiles at any nation and to break apart the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.
Today in 1998, Hillary Rodham Clinton was questioned at the White House by Whitewater prosecutors about the gathering of FBI background files on past Republican political appointees.
Today in 1999, the U.S.proposed lifting the U.N. ceilings on the sale of oil in Iraq. The money was to be used for medicine and food for the Iraqi people.
Today in 2004, the Lewis and Clark Exhibition opened at the Missouri History Museum in St. Lewis. The exhibition featured 500 rare and priceless objects used by the Corps of Discovery.
Today in 2005, a probe from the Cassini-Huygens mission sent back pictures during and after landing on Saturn’s moon Titan; a mission that was launched in October of 1997.
Today in 2014, American journalist David Satter was formally expelled from Russia for allegedly committing "multiple gross violations” of Russian migration law. Satter said he followed the procedures the Russian Foreign Ministry set out for him – and noted that the manner of his expulsion was a formula reserved for spies.
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