Today in History in 1776 The Continental Congress resolved "these United Colonies are and of right ought to be Free and Independent States;” in 1843 an alligator fell from the sky in Charleston, S.C. during a thunderstorm; and in 1937 American NASCAR Driver Richard Petty (Daytona 500 - 1979 & 81) was born in Level Cross, N.C.
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
626 - In fear of assassination, Li Shimin ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng in the Incident at Xuanwu Gate. On September 4, Shimin's father abdicates in his favour and Shimin becomes Emperor Taizong of Tang, Emperor of China.
1776 - Continental Congress resolves "these United Colonies are and of right ought to be Free and Independent States"
1823 - Bahia Independence Day: the end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia.
1843 - An alligator falls from sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina
1881 - US President James Garfield shot by Charles J. Guiteau a disappointed office-seeker; Garfield died 79 days later
1937 - Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan disappear over Pacific Ocean
1940 - Hitler orders invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion)
1955 - "Lawrence Welk Show" premieres on ABC
1956 - Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" & "Don't Be Cruel"
1964 - US President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act & Voting Rights Act into law
1990 - Panic in tunnel of Mecca: 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death
2002 - Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
1877 - Hermann Hesse, Switzerland, novelist/poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel 1946), (d. 1962)
1894 - Walter Brennan, Swampscott Mass, actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point)
1908 - Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American Supreme Court justice (1967-91), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
1929 - Imelda Marcos, politician/shoe collector/former 1st lady of Philippines, congresswoman
1937 - Polly Holliday, Jasper Ala, actress (Flo-Alice, Flo-Flo)
1937 - Richard Petty, American NASCAR Driver (Daytona 500 - 1979 & 81), born in Level Cross, North Carolina
1947 - Larry David, Brooklyn NY, actor/comedian/writer (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
1985 - Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer
1986 - Lindsay Lohan, American actress (Alli Fowler-Another World), born in NYC, New York
1918 - Jazz orchestra band leader Duke Ellington (19) weds high school sweetheart Edna Thompson
1932 - Platinum blonde screen goddess Jean Harlow (21) weds MGM producer Paul Bern (42)
1939 - Syndicated columnist Ann Landers (21) weds business executive Julius Lederer