1809 The Supreme Court rules that the power of the federal government is greater that the power of the state governments.
1962 John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth on Friendship 7. Fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter prayed, "Godspeed, John Glenn!" and Tom O'Malley, project director, added, "May the good Lord ride with you all the way!"
1996 Michael Cook (my youngest son!) was born in Suffolk, VA.
1878 The first telephone directory is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
1965 African American leader Malcolm X is shot and killed by three members of the Nation of Islam in New York City.
1732 George Washington is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
1924 Calvin Coolidge delivers the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
1945 U.S. Marines fighting on Iwo Jima raise the American flag atop Mount Suribachi.
Click here to hear a radio account of the landing at Iwo Jima, then click on "Aboard a destroyer..."
1954 School children in Pittsburgh receive the first injections of a polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.
1868 President Andrew Jackson becomes the first president to be impeached by the House of Representatives (the Senate later acquits him).
1871 For the first time since the Civil War, the South gains full representation in congress with the seating of the Georgia delgation.
1991 In the Persian Gulf War, a U.S.-led coalition begins a ground campaign against Iraq.
1836 Inventor Samuel Colt patents his first revolver.
1862 Nashville, TN, becomes the first southern state capital to fall to Union troops.
1917 President Wilson learns of the Zimmermann Telegram, a coded German message suggesting an alliance between Germany and Mexico, a communication that hastens the U.S. entry into World War I.
1993 Islamic terrorists explode a bomb in the garage of New York's World Trade Center, killing six people.