January 16, 1991
The US Air Force begins massive attacks on Iraq in response to Iraq's takeover of Kuwait in August of 1990.
January 11, 1978
The original Morris the Cat dies at age 17.
January 26, 1880
General Douglas MacArthur is born.
January 28, 1986
Space shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after liftoff, killing all aboard, including teacher-in-space Christa McAuliffe.
January 20, 1880
Claude William Dukenfield is born; aka W.C. Fields, comedian, actor.
Febraury 9, 1964
73 million watch as the Beatles make their first US TV appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
February 20, 1962
John Glenn becomes the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth.
February 21, 1988
Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart vacates his ministry after the revelation of a relationship with a prostitute.
March 4, 1933
Referring to the Depression in his inauguration address, Franklin D. Roosevelt declares, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
March 6, 1981
Walter Cronkite retires from "The CBS Evening News."
March 19, 1929
"Amos and Andy" debuts on network radio.
March 28, 1979
A major radiation leak occurs in the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania.
March 30, 1932
Amelia Earhart is the first female aviator to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic.
April 1, 1934
Short-subject stars the Three Stooges split from Ted Healy and begin a prolific career at Columbia Pictures.
April 19, 1993
The ATF siege at the Davidian cult compound in Waco, Texas ends in disaster.
April 19, 1995
A terrorist bomb explodes in Oklahoma City, destroying the Murrah Federal Building and killing 168 people, including 19 children.
April 20, 1999
Two students kill 12 others, a faculty member and themselves at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.
May 1, 2011
Terrorism leader Osama Bin Laden is killed by US Navy Seals at a mansion in Pakistan.
May 4, 1970
Ohio National Guard troops kill four Kent State University students who are protesting the US invasion of Cambodia.
May 6, 1937
Interest in zeppelin travel ends with the explosion of the Hindenberg as it approaches its mooring mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
May 7, 1973
President Nixon denies all knowledge of the Watergate break-in.
May 18, 1980
Mount St. Helens erupts, killing 57, blowing over a forest and spreading thick ash eastward across Washington and Oregon.
May 21, 1927
Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris, ending the first solo flight across Atlantic.
May 22, 1992
Johnny Carson steps down from "The Tonight Show" after 30 years.
May 29, 1917
John F. Kennedy, 35th US president, is born; assassinated November 22nd, 1963.
June 5, 1968
Senator Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated after winning the presidential primary election in California.
June 8, 1995
U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia six days after he was shot down by Serbs while patroling a no-fly zone.
June 12, 1994
When Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are found brutally murdered, L.A. Police say O.J. Simpson is their #1 suspect.
June 18, 1983
Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.
July 2, 1964
President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act.
July 16, 1999
John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife and sister-in-law are killed when the plane he's piloting crashes off the coast of Massachusetts.
July 17, 1996
TWA flight #800 explodes off Long Island.
July 20, 1969
Neil Armstrong becomes the first Earthling to step on the moon, calling it, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
August 12, 1877
Thomas Edison makes his first successful phonograph recording.
August 18, 1969
The Woodstock festival begins in upstate New York.
August 16, 1977
Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton comments on the death of Elvis Presley at Graceland.
August 17, 1998
President Clinton admits having an affair with intern Monica Lewinsky
September 5, 1975
A follower of Charles Manson unsuccesfully attempts to assassinate President Gerald Ford in Sacramento.
September 9, 1956
Elvis minus pelvis: Presley's shown from the waste up on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Charles Laughton is the guest host.
September 11, 2001
President George W. Bush on the terrorist attacks on New York & Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1995
O.J. Simpson is found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman. He will later be found liable for the deaths in a civil court.
October 4, 1957
The USSR launches "Sputnik," the first man-made earth satellite.
October 27, 1858
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US president, is born.
October 29, 1998
77-year-old John Glenn, who was the first US astronaut to orbit the earth, returns to space aboard the shuttle Discovery.
October 30, 1938
Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater players panic a nation with the broadcast of "War Of The Worlds."
November 2, 1920
Westinghouse's KDKA in Pittsburgh signs on as the first commercial radio station.
November 24, 1963
Jack Ruby shoots accused JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
December 8, 1980
John Lennon is murdered by a deranged fan while entering his apartment in New York City.
December 19, 1990
Lifeline's "I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial first airs.