220 years ago
George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States under the Constitution. The ceremony took place in New York.
90 years ago
Joe Oeschger of the Philadelphia Phillies and Burleigh Grimes of the Brooklyn Dodgers both pitched complete games in a 9-9 20-inning tie at Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. Mr. Oeschger gave up 22 hits and 5 bases on balls, while Mr. Grimes gave up 15 hits and 5 walks. Both teams scored 3 runs in the 19th inning.
70 years ago
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was on hand in New York to officially open the World's Fair. It was the first major public event to be televised.
Elsewhere in New York, the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Yankees 7-2 at Yankee Stadium. Yankees' first baseman Lou Gehrig went 0 for 4 at the plate in what turned out to be his last game.
60 years ago
On the radio
Pat Novak For Hire, starring Jack Webb, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Wendy Morris
Tales of Fatima, starring Basil Rathbone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: The Cautious Corpse
In the top of the ninth inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the St. Louis Cardinals were trailing the Chicago Cubs 3-2 when Rocky Nelson of the Cardinals hit a sinking line drive to center field. Center fielder Andy Pafko's catch was ruled a "trap" by umpire Al Barlick, and while Mr. Pafko argued the call, Mr. Nelson rounded the bases and scored with a runner ahead of him to give the Cardinals a 4-3 lead, which they held. It may have been the only "inside-the-glove" home run in major league history.
40 years ago
Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir said that Israel's raid the day before on the Nag Hammadi dam and bridge, Idfu bridge and the high-voltage power station at Isna was in retaliation for recent Egyptian attacks across the Suez Canal. Egypt denied that any damage had been done, but Israeli radio claimed that the raid had been "a severe blow to Egyptian morale" more severe than the material and economic hurt that had been inflicted. The countries exchanged tank and artillery fire across the canal along a 60-mile front from Qantara to Port Taufiq. The Israelis claimed that Egypt started the firing in which six Israelis were killed, including three civilians working on the fortifications.
Capt. Terence O'Neill resigned as Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, two days after resigning as leader of the ruling Unionist party.
It was reported that the United States administration of President Richard Nixon had indefinitely postponed plans for an all-out attack on hunger in America, turning instead to a series of stopgap measures. The main reason for the decision was fiscal, although part of the White House staff said that recent reports of starvation were exaggerated.
Jim Maloney pitched his first no-hitter since 1965 as the Cincinnati Reds routed the Houston Astros 10-0 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Reds' centre fielder Bobby Tolan drove in four runs.
30 years ago
U.S. President Jimmy Carter defended the proposed strategic arms limitation treaty SALT II, saying that the U.S.S.R. would not violate the treaty for fear of U.S. rejection of the entire pact, and the resultant threat to U.S.-Soviet relations.
The United States Senate approved a bill creating a federal department of education, but the bill faced stiff opposition in the House of Representatives.
United States Senator Herman Talmadge (Democrat--Georgia) professed his innocence in Senate hearings to five charges of mishandling his
financial affairs and thus breaching the Senate's code of ethics.
10 years ago
At the National Rifle Association convention in Denver, leaders of the NRA reaffirmed their support for Americans' constitutional right to bear arms. The convention took place just 10 days after the Columbine High School massacre in suburban Littleton, and thousands of protesters demonstrated against the NRA outside the convention hall.
The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime to take a 3 games to 2 lead in their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series. The St. Louis Blues defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 in overtime in another Stanley Cup game.
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