Monday, January 14, 2008

Today in History....January 14

* 1639, the "Fundamental Orders", the first written constitution that created a government, is adopted in Connecticut

* 1784, during the American Revolutionary War: The United States ratifies a peace treaty with England

* 1832, American author Edgar Allan Poe publishes his first short story, "Metzengerstein"

* 1858, Napoleon III of France escapes an assassination attempt

* 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to travel via airplane while in office when he travels to meet Winston Churchill at the Casablanca Conference to discuss strategy and study the next phase of the war

* 1950, the first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight

* 1951, the National Football League has its first Pro Bowl Game (Los Angeles, California)

* 1967, the Human Be-In, takes place in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, launching the Summer of Love. Between 20,000 to 30,000 people attend

* 1973, Super Bowl VII: The Miami Dolphins defeat the Washington Redskins. The Dolphins become the first NFL team to go undefeated in a season

* 1975, teenage heiress Lesley Whittle is kidnapped by Donald Neilson, aka "the Black Panther"

* 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign the Kremlin accords

* 1998, Whitewater prosecutors questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House for 10 minutes about the gathering of FBI background files on past Republican political appointees

* 2000, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches a record high of
11,722.98

* 2003, Kmart Corp. announced its biggest round of cutbacks yet, saying it would close 326 more stores and eliminate 37,000 more jobs in hopes of getting out of bankruptcy by the end of April 2003. (Kmart emerged from Chapter 11 protection in May 2003.)

* 2004, the national flag of Georgia, the so-called "five cross flag", was restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years

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