Today in 1800, the sixth U.S. Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C., in the partially completed Capitol building.
Today in 1894, serial killer H. H. Holmes was arrested in Boston after being tracked there from Philadelphia by the Pinkertons. The architect behind Chicago’s infamous “Murder Hotel,” his life has been featured on a number of recent series.
Today in 1913, in Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm banned the armed forces from dancing the tango.
Today in 1968, NBC cut away from the final minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a TV special, "Heidi," on schedule. The Raiders came from behind to beat the Jets 43-32.
Today in 1973, President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Florida, "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook."
Today in 1979, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 female and American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The hostages were set free on November 19th and 20th.
Today in 1997, Mario Lemieux was voted into the NHL Hall of Fame.
Today in 2006, Sony's PlayStation 3 went on sale in the United States. The company revealed that 600-thousand units were sold in the first eight days.
Today in 2010, researchers trapped 38 antihydrogen atoms. It was the first time humans had trapped antimatter.
Today in 2014, the Church of England adopted legislation enabling the appointment of female bishops.
Today in 2015, Charlie Sheen confirmed that he is HIV-positive.
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