Today in History in 1900 Firestone Tire & Rubber Company was founded; in 1926 singer Tony Bennett was born in Queens, New York; and in 2004 the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopened after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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:
1492 - Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with 3 ships Santa Maria, Pinta and Niña from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the "Indies"
1596 - David Fabricius discovers light variation of Mira (1st variable star)
1900 - Firestone Tire & Rubber Company founded.
1908 - French brothers Amadee and Jean Bouyssonie discover the fossil remains of a nearly complete 60,000 year-old Neanderthal man at La Chappelle-aux-Saints, France. Known as the 'Old man of La Chappelle' his skeleton shows that Neanderthals led physically stressful lives with high risk of injury.
1914 - Germany invades Belgium and declares war on France in WW I
1923 - VP Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th US President upon death of President Warren G. Harding
1934 - Adolf Hitler merges the offices of chancellor and president, declaring himself 'Führer' (leader).
1949 - Basketball Association of America & National Basketball League merge to form National Basketball Association
1958 - USS Nautilus reaches North Pole, 1st submarine to achieve submarine transit of North Pole
1972 - U.S. Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
2004 - The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed
1923 - Anne Klein, fashion designer (Anne Klein II)
1924 - Leon Uris, novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), born in Baltimore, Maryland
1926 - Tony Bennett, Queens NY, singer
1940 - Martin Sheen, [Ramon Estevez], NY, actor (Subject Was Roses, Wall St)