Today in 1773, the first public museum was established in the United States – in Charlestown, South Carolina.
Today in 1915, the House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
Today in 1966, President Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended.
Today in 1971, "All in the Family" premiered on CBS. Aside from the fact that the show went on to become legendary – this episode was remarkable for featuring the first toilet flush on TV.
Today in 1991, Congress passed a resolution authorizing President Bush to use military power to force Iraq out of Kuwait.
Today in 1998, 19 European nations agreed to prohibit human cloning.
Today in 1998, Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Today in 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer. Here’s the thing – just because they can question you doesn’t mean you can’t decline to answer questions and walk away. If officers actually want to detain or search someone on the street, they need to explain their reasonable suspicion that the person engaged in criminal activity.
Today in 2013, the "Mile High Miracle" took place. Trailing the Denver Broncos 35-28 with 1:09 remaining in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, the Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco heaved a 70-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones to tie the game (the Ravens would win in overtime and go on to win the Super Bowl).
Today in 2017, in a surprise presentation, President Barack Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Later, during an appearance on ABC’s “The View,” Biden said he had no idea about the honor…and said, “It shocked the hell out of me.”