Today in 1916, in the most lopsided football game on record, Georgia Tech humbled Cumberland University, 222-0.
Today in 1956, a US House subcommittee officially began investigations of allegedly rigged TV quiz shows.
Today in 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican nominee Richard Nixon held the second of their televised debates. People who listened on the radio thought Nixon won. But those who watched on TV felt JFK’s was the winner, based on his confident “body language.”
Today in 1967, Sid Bernstein, the promoter for the Beatles' 1964 concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York, offered the group an unprecedented $1-million to perform another concert. They turned him down.
Today in 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America adopted the film rating system. The initial ratings were G, M (which became PG), R and X. PG-13 was added in 1986 and NC-17 came in 1990.
Today in 1984, Walter Payton passed Jim Brown as NFL's career rushing leader for most 100-yard games.
Today in 1985, Lynette Woodard, the captain of the women's basketball team that won the Gold medal at the 1984 Olympics of Los Angeles, was chosen as the first woman to ever play for the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.
Today in 1985, terrorists hijacked the Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, demanding the release of prisoners held by Israel.
Today in 1988, Robin Givens filed for divorce from boxer Mike Tyson after 8-months of marriage – and a disastrous interview with Barbara Walters.
Today in 1993, author Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, becoming the first Black American and the eighth woman to be so honored.
Today in 1994, President Clinton ordered Army troops on alert and dispatched an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf after Iraqi troops were spotted moving south toward Kuwait. Later that day, President Clinton also held a press conference in which he expressed frustration over failures in his legislative agenda, blaming Republicans for "trying to stop it, slow it, kill it or just talk it to death."
Today in 1995, New York's Central Park was transformed into a giant open-air cathedral as Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass before an audience of 200,000.
Today in 2001, the US and Great Britain began air strikes in Afghanistan in response to that state's support of terrorism and Osama bin Laden. The act was the first military action taken in response to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
Today in 2015, President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors without Borders President and the President of Afghanistan for the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz.
Today in 2016, videotape of then-candidate Donald Trump boasting of groping and kissing women without their consent was released.