628 In Persia, Kavadh sues for peace with the
1367 John of Gaunt and Edward the Black
Prince win the Battle of Najara, in Spain.
1559 Philip II of Spain and Henry II of France
sign the peace of Cateau-Cambresis,
ending a long series of wars between the
Hapsburg and Valois dynasties.
1860 The Pony Express connects St. Joseph,
Missouri and Sacramento, California.
1862 Slavery is abolished in Washington, D.C.
1865 Union forces occupy the Confederate
capital of Richmond, Virginia.
1882 The American outlaw Jesse James is shot
in the back and killed by his cousin, Bob
1910 Alaska’s Mount McKinley, the highest
mountain in North America is climbed.
1920 F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre are
married at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New
1936 Bruno Hauptmann, killer of the Lindbergh
baby, is executed.
1942 The Japanese begin their all-out assault
on the U.S. and Filipino troops at Bataan.
1944 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that black
citizens are eligible to vote in all elections,
1948 President Harry Truman signs Marshall
Plan, it will revive war-torn Europe.
1966 Three-thousand South Vietnamese Army
troops lead a protest against the Ky
regime in Saigon.
1972 Charlie Chaplin returns to the United
States after a twenty-year absence.
1984 Coach John Thompson of Georgetown
University becomes the first African-
American coach to win an NCAA