Mickey Mantle Retires 51 Yeas Ago Today

Today in 1781, the Continental Congress of the United States adopted theArticles of the Confederation.

Today in 1803,Ohio was admitted to the Union as the 17th state.

Today in 1845, President Tyler signed a resolution to annex Texas.

Today in 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first black woman to receive an American medical degree, from the New England Female Medical College in Boston. In 1883, her “Book of Medical Discourses” was one of the very first medical publications by any African American.

Today in 1867,Nebraska was admitted to the union as 37th state.

Today in 1872, Congress authorized the creation of Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world.

Today in 1875, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, the Reconstruction Era response to civil rights violations of African Americans. In it, African Americans were given equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and to prohibit exclusion from jury service. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court invalidated it in 1883. The reason? SCOTUS decreed portions unconstitutional on the grounds that Congress had no authority over private people or corporations.

Today in 1896, scientist Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity.

Today in 1932, the toddler son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, New Jersey. Remains identified as those of the baby were found the following May. While Bruno Hauptmann was ultimately convicted – and sentenced to death –his actual guilt remains to be questioned.

Today in 1942, Major League Baseball owners decided not to allow players in the military to play for their clubs when on furlough.

Today in 1961, President Kennedy established the Peace Corps.

Today in 1969, Mickey Mantle announced his retirement from baseball. Mantle’s World Series records included 18 home runs, 42 runs scored, 40 RBIs, 43 walks and 54 strikeouts. Mickey Mantle died in 1995.

Today in 1974,seven people, including former Nixon White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, former Attorney General John Mitchell and former assistant Attorney General Robert Mardian,were indicted on charges of conspiring to obstruct justice in connection with the Watergate break-in. Those four defendants were convicted the following January, although Mardian's conviction was later reversed.

Today in 1994, the kiss “heard ‘round the world” took place when Roseanne and Mariel Hemingway kissed on "Roseanne."For its time, the scene was considered a landmark.

Today in 2002, Operation Anaconda began in eastern Afghanistan as US special operations forces infiltrated the Shahi-Kot Valley in Eastern Afghanistan

Today in 2003,Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, was captured by CIA agents.

Today in 2006, Wikipedia posted its one-millionth article.

Today in 2016, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a 30-game suspension to NY Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman over a domestic violence incident.

Today in 2016, as the number of world's billionaires shrunk to 1,810,the "Forbes" Richest List was released, with Bill Gates at number one – with a bank balance of $75-billion.

Today in 2016, the discovery of the gene for grey hair (IRF4) was announced by scientists from University College London in "Nature Communications."

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