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Today in American History


1851 - Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick is published in New York.

1862 - President Abraham Lincoln approves of General Ambrose Burnside’s plan to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia.  This was an ill-fated move, as it led to the disastrous Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia in December 1862.

1882 - Billy Clairborne, a survivor of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, loses his life in a shoot-out with Buckskin Frank Leslie.
1910 - Lieutenant Eugene Ely, U.S. Navy, becomes the first man to take off in an airplane from the deck of a ship. He flew from the ship Birmingham at Hampton Roads to Norfolk.

1921 - The Cherokee Indians ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review their claim to 1 million acres of land in Texas.
1951 - The United States and Yugoslavia sign a military aid pact.
1960 - New Orleans integrates two all-white schools.

1960 - President Dwight Eisenhower orders U.S. naval units into the Caribbean after Guatemala and Nicaragua charge Castro with starting uprisings.

1961 - President Kennedy increases the number of American advisors in Vietnam from 1,000 to 16,000.
1965 - The U.S. First Cavalry Division battles with the North Vietnamese Army in the Ia Drang Valley, the first ground combat for American troops.

1967 - Maj. Gen. Bruno Hochmuth, commander of the 3rd Marine Division, is killed when the helicopter in which he is travelling is shot down.  He was the most senior U.S. officer to be killed in action in the war to date.

1968 - Yale University announces its plan to go co-ed.

1969 - The United States launches Apollo 12, the second mission to the Moon, from Cape Kennedy.

1970 -  A chartered jet carrying most of the Marshall University football team clips a stand of trees and crashes into a hillside just two miles from the Tri-State Airport in Kenova, West Virginia killing all on board. 

1979 - US President Jimmy Carter freezes all Iranian assets in the United States in response to Iranian militants holding more than 50 Americans hostage.
1984 - The Space Shuttle Discovery's crew rescues a second satellite.

1986 - Wall Street arbitrageur Ivan Boesky pleads guilty to insider trading and agrees to pay a $100 million fine and cooperate with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation.

1995 - Budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress forces temporary closure of national parks and museums; federal agencies forced to operate with skeleton staff.
2008 - First G-20 economic summit convenes, in Washington, DC.
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