A busy day starting with the founding of Georgetown University and ending with the tragic kidnapping of Daniel Pearl.
The deadliest earthquake in history, the Shaanxi earthquake, hits Shaanxi province, China. The death toll may have been as high as 830,000
Fr. John Carroll founds Georgetown University, the first Catholic university in the United States. The school’s alumni includes 10 heads of state (including President Bill Clinton) and countless cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, members of Congress, judges and at least one web radio host.
Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded her M.D. by the Geneva Medical College of Geneva, New York, becoming the United States’ first female doctor.
The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague.was the first international drug control treaty.
Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler.
World War II: Australian and American forces finally defeat the Japanese army in Papua. This turning point in the Pacific War marks the beginning of the end of Japanese aggression.
Tony Bennett recorded “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” in New York for Columbia Records.
North Korea seizes the USS Pueblo (AGER-2), claiming the ship had violated their territorial waters while spying.
President Richard Nixon announces that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam in his famous “Peace with Honor” speech.
The TV mini-series “Roots,” based on the Alex Haley novel, began airing on ABC.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.
Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State.
Pope John Paul II condemns US’s trade embargo against Cuba.
Reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan and subsequently murdered .
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- Rutger Hauer, Actor (69)
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- Anita Pointer (“Pointer Sisters”) (64)
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- LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (60)
- Anita Baker (55)
- Mariska Hartigay, Actress (49)
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