National Missing Children's Day

MAY 25

National Missing Children's Day

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5-Minute Quests Today's 5-Minute Quest

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5-Minute Quests

1. What animal was classified as a threatened species on this date in 1975? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What two events are commemorated by Africa Day? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Humboldt County Children's Author Festival, what are Ivy Ruckman's earliest memories? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a children's author and/or illustrator born on this date:

1. Who became the longest serving U.S, Senator on this date in 1997? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Library of Congress, to whom did Igor Sikorsky deliver the first military helicopter? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Muppet Central, with whom did Frank Oz collaborate early in his career? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of work by Theodore Roethke (according to the Academy of American Poets):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a leader in transcendentalism. According to the Library of Congress, what is transcendentalism?

2. According to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, on what variety show was Leslie Uggams a regular player while still a teenager?

3. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, who was the first U.S. President to declare May 25th National Missing Children's Day?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Born on This Date 1803

[Stanford University]


Igor Sikorsky
Igor Sikorsky
Born on This Date 1889

[Aviation Central]

The Helicopter

Ivy Ruckman
Ivy Ruckman
Born on This Date 1931

[Humboldt County, CA]

Young-adult Authors

Leslie Uggams
Leslie Uggams
Born on This Date 1943

[Official Website]

Popular Musicians

Frank Oz
Frank Oz
Born on This Date 1944


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Africa Day
( Commemorates the formation of the Organization of African United (1963) & the African Union (2001) )
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Argentina: National Day/Anniversary of the May Revolution
(Commemorates Argentina's independence from Spain, creation of provisional government: 05/25/1810)
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Jordan: Independence Day
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Lebanon: National Liberation Day
(Commemorates liberation of South Lebanon following Israel's withdrawal: 05/24/2000)
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United States: National Missing Children's Day
(Observed annually on May 25 to remember the abduction of 6-year-old Etan Patz: 05/25/1979)
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1917 Robert Froman (Montana-born Children's Author) Montana Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors
1920 Martha Alexander (Georgia-born Children's Author and Illustrator) Georgia Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1930 Ann McGovern (New York City-born Historical Children's Author) New York City Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors World History
1931 Ivy Ruckman (Nebraska-born Children's Author) Ivy Ruckman Young-adult Authors
1933 Betty Levine (New York City-born Children's Author) New York City Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors
1938 Joyce Carol Thomas (Oklahoma-born African-American Children's Author) Oklahoma Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors African American Authors
1943 Barbara Bottner (New York City-born Children's Author) New York City Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors
1945 Adrienne Kennaway (New Zealand Children's Author, Illustrator) New Zealand Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Artists
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1803 Ralph Waldo Emerson (Massachusetts-born Poet, Essayist; Important Figure in Transcendentalism) Ralph Waldo Emerson Poetry
1818 Jacob Christoph Burckhardt (Swiss Historical Author) Swiss Authors European History
1879 William Beaverbrook (Canadian-born English Politician, Journalist and Newspaper Proprietor) Canadian Political & Social Leaders English Political & Social Leaders Journalism Politics
1908 Theodore Roethke (Michigan-born Poet: Received 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) Theodore Roethke Poetry 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
1913 Richard Dimbleby (English Reporter, Pioneering Broadcast Journalist) English Authors Journalism Radio
1927 Robert Ludlum (New York City-born Author) Robert Ludlum
1938 Raymond Carver (Oregon-born Author) Raymond Carver
1949 Jamaica Kincaid (Antiguan African-American Author) Jamaica Kincaid African American Authors & Illustrators
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1944 Frank Oz (English Puppeteer: Known for His Work on "Sesame Street" and Star Wars) Frank Oz Sesame Street Star Wars Internet Movie Database
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1929 Beverly Sills (New York City-born Operatic Vocalist) New York City Performing Artists Opera Internet Movie Database
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1889 Igor Sikorsky (Ukrainian-American Aircraft Designer; Developed the Helicopter) Igor Sikorsky Inventors & Inventions The Helicopter
1914 Norman Borlaug (Iowa-born Agronomist; 1970 Nobel Laureate for Peace) Norman Borlaug Farming & Agriculture Earth & Environmental Science 1970 Nobel Laureate for Peace
1921 Jack Steinberger (German Physicist: 1988 Nobel Laureate for Physics) German Scientists & Mathematicians Sub-atomic Particles 1988 Nobel Laureate for Physics
1925 John Cocke (North Carolina-born Computer Pioneer: Inventor of RISC Computer Technology) North Carolina Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors & Inventions Technology History
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1898 Bennett Cerf (New York City-born Publisher, Businessman, Founder of Random House Publishers) New York City Business Leaders Literature Random House
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1661 Claude Buffier (French Jesuit Philosopher, Historian and Educator) French Political and Social Leaders Philosophy Education
1713 John Stuart, Earl of Bute (Great Britain's First Scottish Prime Minister) Scottish Political and Social Leaders English Political and Social Leaders
1783 Philip P. Barbour (Virginia-born Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1852 Samuel Taylor (Mississippi-born Member of the U.S. Congress From Arkansas) Mississippi Political and Social Leaders Arkansas Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Arkansas History Commission
1862 Mariano Abril y Ostaló (Puerto Rican Political, Social Leader, Author) Puerto Rican Political and Social Leaders Puerto Rican Authors & Illustrators
1886 Phillip Murray (Scottish-American Labor Leader) Scottish Political and Social Leaders Labor
1889 Lillie Carroll Jackson (Maryland-born African-American Civil Rights Activist) Maryland Political and Social Leaders Human Rights/Civil Rights African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
Oscar Rennebohm (Governor of Wisconsin: 1947 - 1951) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Historical Society
1892 Marshal Tito (Yugoslavian Dictator) Josip Broz Tito Yugoslavia The Cold War
1905 Dorothy Wesley (Virginia-born African-American Librarian) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Libraries African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
Performing Artists
1849 "Blind Tom" Thomas Greene Bethune (Georgia-born African-American Composer, Pianist) Thomas Greene Bethune Music African American Performing Artists
1878 Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (Virginia-born African-American Stage and Screen Dancer) Bill Robinson Dance Actors Film African American Performing Artists
1918 Claude Akins (Georgia-born Actor) Georgia Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
1926 Miles Davis (Illinois-born African-American Jazz Trumpeter) Miles Davis Jazz Trumpeter African American Performing Artists
1939 Ian McKellen (English Actor) Ian McKellen Actors Film
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1943 Leslie Uggams (New York City-born African-American Singer, Actress) Leslie Uggams Music Actors Television Film African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1963 Mike Myers (Canadian Comedian, Actor) Canadian Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
1975 Lauryn Hill (New Jersey-born Singer, Songwriter, Actress) New Jersey Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
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1897 Gene Tunney (New York City-born Member of the Boxing Hall of Fame) New York City Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame
1932 K.C. Jones (Texas-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Texas Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1935 Carlton Chester "Cookie" Gilchrist (Pennsylvania-born African-American Professional Football Player) Pennsylvania Sports Figures Football African American Sports Figures African American Registry
1971 Sheryl Swoopes (Texas-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Sheryl Swoopes Basketball African American Sports Figures WNBA
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1085 Pope Gregory VII (Italian-born Catholic Pope) Italian Political and Social Leaders Catholic Popes Catholic Encylopedia Concordia
1261 Pope Alexander IV (Catholic Pope) Catholic Popes Catholic Encylopedia Concordia
1919 Madame C.J. Walker (Louisiana-born African-American Businesswoman) Madame C.J. Walker African American Business Leaders Link to Notable African Americans
1934 Gustav Holst (English Composer) English Composers Composers
1936 Sydney Percival Bunting (English-born South African Communist and Labour Union Leader) English Political and Social Leaders South African Political and Social Leaders Labor South African History
1937 Henry Ossawa Tanner (Pennsylvania-born African-American Artist) Pennsylvania Artists American Artists African-American Artists University of Georgia
1939 Frank Watson Dyson (English Astronomer Royal, 1910-1933) English Scientists & Mathematicians Astronomy Greenwich Guide
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1521 Refusing to Retract any of His Teachings, Martin Luther Is Officially Pronounced a Heretic Martin Luther Catholicism Religion Concordia
1539 Hernando DeSoto Lands at Tampa Bay, Florida Hernando DeSoto Tampa Bay, Florida North American Explorers Concordia
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1660 Exiled King Charles II Returns to England to End 11-Year Military Rule English Political and Social Leaders Charles II The History Channel
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1778 Two Members of the Delaware Regiment Are Shot in Wilmington for Desertion Wilmington, Delaware American Revolution Death State of Delaware
1780 In Illinois, George Rogers Clark Arrives at Cahokia to Counter the British Threat to St. Louis Great Britain Cahokia, Illinois St. Louis, Missouri George Rogers Clark American Revolution Death Indiana Historical Society
1787 Constitutional Convention Convenes in Philadelphia Led by George Washington Pennsylvania George Washington Constitutional Convention
1793 Alexander Baranov Arrived on Alaska's Sitka Sound from Kodiak to Establish a Post for the Newly Organized Russian American Company Russia Alaska Business Alaska Historical Society
1799 Father Stephen Theodore Badin Is the First Catholic Priest Ordained in the United States Catholicism Religion Historic Firsts The History Channel
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1805 Leaders of the Cordwainers Strike Are Arrested in Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Labor Strikes Crime The History Channel
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: The Two canoes which we left behind yesterday to bring on the meat did not arrive this morning untill 8 A M. at which time we set out; the wind being against us we did not proceed with so much ease or expedition as yesterday, we imployed the toe line principally which the banks favored the uce off; the courant strong particularly arround the points against which the courant happened to set, and at the entrances of the little gullies from the hills, those rivulets having brought down considerable quantities of stone and deposited it at their entrances forming partial barriers to the water of the river to the distance of 40 or 50 feet from the shore, arround these the water run with great violence, and compelled us in some instances to double our force in order to get a perorogue or canoe by them.

as we ascended the river today I saw several gangs of the bighorned Anamals on the face of the steep bluffs and clifts on the Stard. side and sent drewyer to kill one which he accomplished; Capt. Clark and bratton who were on shore each killed one of these anamals this evening. The head and horns of the male which Drewyer killed weighed 27 lbs. it was somewhat larger than the male of the common deer, the boddy reather thicker deeper and not so long in proportion to it's hight as the common deer; the head and horns are remakably large compared with the other part of the anamal; the whole form is much more delicate than that of the common goat, and there is a greater disparity in the size of the male and female than between those of either the deer or goat. the eye is large and prominant, the puple of a deep sea green and small, the iris of a silvery colour much like the common sheep; the bone above the eye is remarkably prominant;

the horns of the female are small, but are also compress bent backwards and incircled with a succession of wavy rings. the horn is of a light brown colour; when dressed it is almost white extreemly transparent and very elastic. this horn is used by the natives in constructing their bows; I have no doubt but it would eligant and ucefull hair combs, and might probably answer as many valuable purposes to civilized man, as it dose to the savages, who form their watercups spoons and platters of it. the females have already brought forth their young indeed from the size of the young I suppose that they produce them early in March. they have from one to two at a birth. they feed on grass but principally on the arromatic herbs which grow on the clifts and inaccessable hights which they usually frequent. the places they gerally celect to lodg is the cranies or cevices of the rocks in the faces of inacessable precepices, where the wolf nor bear can reach them and where indeed man himself would in many instancies find a similar deficiency; yet these anamals bound from rock to rock and stand apparently in the most careless manner on the sides of precipices of many hundred feet. they are very shye and are quick of both sent and sight.—

we passed 7 Islands in the course of the day. The Country on either hand is high broken and rockey; the rock is either soft brown sand stone covered with a thin strata of limestone, or a hard black rugged grannite, both usually in horizontal stratas and the Sandy rock overlaying the other.— Salts and quarts still appear, some coal and pumice stone also appear; the river bottoms are narrow and afford scarcely any timber. the bars of the river are composed principally of gravel, but little pine on the hills. We saw a pole cat this evening it is the first we have seen for many days. buffalow are now scarce and I begin to fear our harvest of white puddings are at an end.

Lewis & Clark Map: 04/27/05 Phillips County, Montana Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: It rained the greater part of last night and continued untill 6 A. M. our grass tent is impervious to the rain.

the Child is more unwell than yesterday. we gave it a doze of creem of tartar which did not operate, we therefore gave it a clyster in the evening.

we caused a sweat to be prepared for the indian Cheif in the same manner in which Bratton had been sweated, this we attempted but were unable to succeed, as he was unable to set up or be supported in the place. we informed the indians that we knew of no releif for him except sweating him in their sweat houses and giving him a plenty of the tea of the horsemint which we shewed them. and that this would probably nos succeed as he had been so long in his present situation. I am confident that this would be an excellent subject for electricity and much regret that I have it not in my power to supply it.—

Gibson and shields returned this evening having killed a Sandhill Crain only. they had wounded a female bear and a deer but got neither of them. Gibson informed me that the bear had two cubbs one of which was white and other as black as jett.

four indians remained with us this evening.—

Clark: rained moderately the greater part of last night and this morning untill 6 A. M.

Drewyer Labiech and Peter crusatt Set out hunting towards the quarmash grounds if they can cross the Creek which is between this and that place, which has been the bearrer as yet to our hunters. Jos. & R Fields crossed the river to hunt on the opposit side some miles above where the natives inform us that there is an abundance of bear and some deer.

Goodrich went to the 2d village to purchase roots a fiew of which he precured. he informed us that only 8 persons remained in the Village. the men were either hunting on Lewis's river fishing, & the women out digging roots. he saw Several fresh Salmon which the nativs informed him Came from Lewis's river and were fat and fine.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 04/01/06 Lewis County, Idaho Nez Percé
The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
1810 Argentineans Declare Independence from Spain, Create Provisional Government Argentina Spain New York Times
1820 Michigan Governor Lewis Cass Sets Out to Explore the Territory's Upper Peninsula Michigan New Hampshire Political and Social Leaders Historical Society of  Michigan (pdf)
1822 The Steamship Superior Arrives in Detroit from Buffalo, New York with 94 Passengers Detroit, Michigan Buffalo, New York Steamboats State Michigan
1843 Fire Devastates Homes and Businesses in Tallahassee, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Fire Florida Historical Society
1844 First Telegraphed News (from Washington, D.C.) Appears in Baltimore's Patriot Maryland Telegraph Journalism Historic Firsts New York Times
1850 The New Mexico Assembly Completes Its First Constitution, Establishing a U.S.-Style Government and Repudiating Slavery New Mexico Historic U.S. Documents Historic Firsts New Mexico Magazine
In Minnesota, the Governor Ramsey Is the First Steamboat to Travel the Mississippi River Above the Falls of St. Anthony Minnesota Steamboats Mississippi River Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1852 E.G. Otis Is Issued a Patent for a Railroad Car Brake Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions Railroads Pierce Law Center
1859 Author/Traveler Bayard Taylor Lectures in Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Pennsylvania Authors American Authors Minnesota Historical Society
1861 President Lincoln Suspends the Writ of Habeas Corpus During the Civil War Abraham Lincoln Habeas Corpus American Civil War The History Channel
President Lincoln Writes Letter of Condolence to Parents of Colonel Ellsworth President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
Disguised as a Boy, Canadian Sarah Seelye Enlists in the Union Army Notorious Canadians Women American Civil War Texas State Historical Association
1862 Stonewall Jackson Defeats Union Troops at First Battle of Winchester, Virginia Virginia Stonewall Jackson Battle of Winchester, VA History Channel
President Lincoln Uses Telegraph to Contact Generals and Direct Troop Movements at Front Royal, Virginia Virginia President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War The Telegraph Lincoln Papers
1863 President Lincoln Spends Day Visiting Hospitals President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Health Care Lincoln Papers
1864 Sherman Suffers Heavy Casualties at the Battle of New Hope Church in Georgia Georgia Battle of New Hope Church Death University of Georgia
1865 Explosion of 20 Tons of Confederate Gunpowder Levels Part of Mobile, Alabama, Killing Up to 300 Mobile, Alabama American Civil War Death Alabama Archives
1867 In Minnesota, the Minneapolis Daily Tribune Is First Published Minneapolis, Minnesota Journalism Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1869 The Newly Completed Vienna Opera on the Ringstrasse Opens with a Production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" Vienna Wolgang Mozart Opera American Public Media
1879 Saint Patrick's Cathedral Is Dedicated in New York City New York City Cathedrals Religion Archdiocese of New York Concordia
1892 Grady Hospital Is Dedicated in Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Health Care Grady Health System University of Georgia
1893 Lake Butler Is Incorporated by the Florida Legislature Lake Butler, Florida Lake Butler, Florida Florida Historical Association
1896 First Meeting Is Held of the Texas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Texas Women American Civil War United Daughters of the Confederacy Texas State Historical Association
1898 The Second Arkansas Volunteer Infantry Is Mustered into Service with 100 Men and Officers Arkansas Military Figures Spanish-American War Arkansas History Commission
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1910 First-ever Night Airplane Flight is Made at Orville Wright's Flying School Near Montgomery, Alabama Montgomery, Alabama Aviation History Historic Firsts Alabama Archives
1911 Fire Sweeps through New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory: 146 die New York City Fire Safety Death Cornell University
Mexico's President Porfirio Diaz Resigns and Is Exiled to Paris Mexican Political and Social Leaders Paris Hispanic Heritage University Oregon
Thomas Mann Visits the Lido in Venice Italy Thomas Mann History Channel
1915 Large-Scale Deportations of Armenians Begin in Turkey Turkey The History Channel
1921 The African-American Town of Eatonville Is Incorporated by the Florida Legislature Eatonville, Florida Eatonville, Florida Florida Historical Association
1923 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 2,200 in Iran Iran Earthquakes Death USGS
1925 Tennessee Teacher, John Scopes, Is Indicted for Teaching the Theory of Evolution Tennessee Law and Legal Resources Evolution New York Times
1926 In St. Paul, Minnesota, the Ku Klux Klan Burns a Cross at Mounds Park St. Paul, Minnesota Ku Klux Klan African-American Heritage Minnesota Historical Society
1935 Jesse Owens Breaks 3 World Records, Ties 4th, in 70 Minutes Jesse Owens Track & Field Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures Jesse Owens' Official Website New York Times
Babe Ruth Hits the 714th and Final Home Run of His Career Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame ESPN New York Times
1937 Tiger Catcher Mickey Cochrane Is Beaned, Fractured Skull Ends His Career Massachusetts Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Baseball Library
1944 A Madison Square Garden Concert by Arturo Toscanini, the NBC Symphony and the New York Philharmonic Raises $100,000 for the American Red Cross New York Philharmonic Classical Music Philanthropy American Red Cross World War II American Public Media
In a London Car Crash, War Correspondent Ernest Hemingway Suffers a Concussion Requiring 57 Stitches Ernest Hemingway American Authors World War II American Collection
1946 Truman's Request of Congress for Military Intervention Ends Railroad Strike President Truman The American Presidency U.S. Constitution Labor Railroads PBS
Jordan Declares Independence from Britain, Ben Al Hussein Proclaimed King Jordan Political and Social Leaders Great Britain Jordanian Embassy, Washington, D.C. New York Times
1948 Andrew Moyer Is Granted Patent For a Method of Mass Production of Penicillin Patents & Trademarks Medical Research U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1951 Two British Foreign Office Officials Turned Soviet Spies, Disappear from London Soviet Union Great Britain The Cold War CNN
1953 It Came from Outer Space Debuts as First 3-D Sci-Fi Film It Came from Outer Space Historic Firsts The History Channel
1955 300 mph Tornado Destroys Udall, Kansas: 80 Die, 270 Injured Kansas Tornados Death NPR
1960 Chinese Plant Flag & Bust of Mao Zedong on Summit of Nepal's Mount Everest Nepal Mao Zedong Mount Everest The Cold War China Internet Information Center
1961 President Kennedy Tells Congress the U.S. Should Land a Man on the Moon U.S. Congress President John F. Kennedy Lunar Exploration BBC The History Channel Technology and Society
27 "Freedom Riders" Arrive in Jackson, Mississippi, and Are Arrested Mississippi U.S. Civil Rights Movement Law & Legal Resources CNN
1962 Federal District Court Finds the Georgia General Assembly in Violation of the 14th Amendment Georgia Government 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Constitutional Law University of Georgia
1963 32 Nations Establish the Organization of African Unity Hosted in Ethiopia African Union Ethiopia BBC South African History
1964 In Massachusetts, Fire Destroys 5,500 Acres of Myles Standish State Forest and 26 Structures Massachusetts Parks and Landmarks Trees Fire Myles Standish State Forest Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1965 Muhammad Ali KO's Sonny Liston to Win World Heavyweight Boxing Title Muhammad Ali International Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures ESPN New York Times
NASA Launches an Unmanned Apollo Saturn Test Rocket Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1966 NASA Launches Explorer 32 to Monitor Global Atmospheric Conditions Space Exploration Earth Science NASA
Melvin B. Tolson Receives the Annual Poetry Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Missouri Poetry African-American Poets American Academy of Arts and Letters Texas State Historical Association
1968 St. Louis Gateway Arch Is Dedicated St. Louis, Missouri Gateway Arch New York Times
West Virginia's Cass Scenic Railroad Begins Service to the Top of Bald Knob West Virginia Railroads Cass Scenic Railroad West Virginia Archives
1969 Sudan's Government Overthrown in Military Coup Led by Colonel Jaafar Nimeiri Sudan Country Studies
Midnight Cowboy Is Released Midnight Cowboy 1969 Academy Award for Best Picture1969 Academy Award for Directing1969 Academy Award for Writing Internet Movie Database
1971 President Nixon Marks the Start of Construction of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Alabama Mississippi Tennessee President Richard Nixon Rivers and Canals Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Alabama Archives
1972 Last U.S. Corona Spy Satellite Launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA California Space The Cold War National Reconnaissance Office
1973 NASA Launches First Skylab Crew for 28-day Mission Space Exploration Historic Firsts NASA
1975 Grizzly Bear Is Classified As a "Threatened Species" Grizzly Bear Endangered Animals History Channel
1977 Chinese Government Removes Ban on Shakespeare China William Shakespeare Cold War History Channel
Star Wars Is Released Film Star Wars Winner of Seven 1977 Academy Awards History Channel
1979 DC-10 Crashes on Takeoff At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Kills 270+ Chicago Air Disasters Death O'Hare International Airport The History Channel
1981 "Spiderman", Daniel Goodwin, Scales Outside of Willis (Sears) Tower in 7.5 Hrs. Chicago Sears Tower Climbing Chicago Sun-Times New York Times
1982 Argentine Missiles Strike Two British Ships: Dozens Die Argentina Great Britain Naval History 1982 Falklands War Death BBC
1983 Three Vessels Catch Fire on Egypt's Nile River: More Than 300 Die Egypt Naval History Fire Safety Death CNN
1989 Mikhail Gorbachev Elected Executive President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev Politics and Elections CNN
1992 Veteran Politician Oscar Luigi Scalfaro Elected President of Italy Italy Elections Bookrags
Jay Leno Makes His First Appearance As Host of the Tonight Show Television History Channel
1993 Guatemala's President Dissolves Congress and Suspends the Constitution Guatemala U.S. Department of State
1994 South African Judge Calls for Establishment of a "Truth Commission" on Apartheid Atrocities South Africa Government Apartheid South African History
1995 NATO Launches Air Strikes Against Bosnian Ammunition Bunkers Near Pale NATO Bosnia Aviation History War CNN
1997 Polish Voters Ratify Constitution, Removing Last Traces of Communism Poland Soviet Union Voting Cold War Polish Government New York Times
A Bloody Military Coup Topples Sierra Leone's Elected President Sierra Leone CNN
The Minnesota Twins Retire Number 34 Worn by Kirby Puckett Minnesota Sports Figures Chicago Sports Figures Major League Baseball Baseball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2008 NASA's Phoenix Explorer Lands on the Surface of the Martian Arctic Plain Phoenix Mission Space Exploration NASA
An F4 Tornado Levels 1/3 of Parkersburg, Iowa Parkersburg, Iowa Tornado Death CNN