Today in History in 1885 Ulysses S. Grant, 18th US President (1869-77) and Union general, dies in Mount McGregor, N.Y. at age 63; in 1925 N.Y. Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his first of 23 career grand slammers; and in 1973 President Richard M. Nixon refuses to release Watergate tapes.
Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
1215 - Frederick II crowned King of the Romans (King of the Germans) in Aachen
1798 - Napoleon captures Alexandria, Egypt
1880 - 1st commercial hydroelectric power planet begins, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1888 - John Boyd Dunlop applies to patent pneumatic tire
1925 - NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 1st of 23 career grand slammers
1966 - Napoleon XIV releases "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha! Ha!"
1973 - Pres Nixon refuses to release Watergate tapes of conversations in the White House relevant to the Watergate investigation
1995 - Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered and becomes visible to the naked eye nearly a year later.
1816 - Charlotte Sanders Cushman, US, actress (Lady MacBeth)
1912 - Michael Wilding, England, actor (Courtney Affair, World of Suzie Wong)