Today in History – The Boston Globe


In 1847, Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley in what is now Utah.

In 1866, Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.

In 1911, Hiram Bingham III, professor of history at Yale University, discovered the “lost city of the Incas”, Machu Picchu, in Peru.

In 1915, the SS Eastland, a passenger ship carrying over 2,500 people, rolled on its side while moored at the Clark Street Bridge over the Chicago River; an estimated 844 people died in the disaster.

In 1937, the state of Alabama dropped charges against four of nine young black men accused of raping two white women in the “Scottsboro case”.

In 1959, while visiting Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon engaged in his famous “kitchen debate” with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts – two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon – landed safely in the Pacific.

In 1974, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon must turn over subpoenaed White House tapes to the special prosecutor for Watergate.

In 1975, an Apollo spacecraft crashed in the Pacific, completing a mission that included the first-ever docking with a Soviet Union Soyuz capsule.

In 1998, the movie “Saving Private Ryan”, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg, was released.

In 2010, a stampede in a tunnel crowded with techno music fans left 21 dead and more than 500 injured at the famous Love Parade festival in western Germany.

In 2012, in his first foreign policy speech since becoming the likely Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney called for an independent investigation into allegations that the White House leaked national security information to the political gain of President Barack Obama; the White House responded that the president “has made it clear that he has zero tolerance for leaks.” Actor Chad Everett has died in Los Angeles at the age of 75. Actor Sherman Hemsley has died in El Paso, Texas at the age of 74.

In 2016, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 2019, during a day of congressional testimony, Robert Mueller rejected President Donald Trump’s claim of “total exoneration” in Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference.

In 2017, in a speech at a national Scouting rally in West Virginia, President Donald Trump railed against his enemies and promoted his political agenda, angering some parents and former Boy Scouts from both parties. . Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner answered questions from Senate investigators for four hours about contact with Russians during and after Trump’s campaign for the White House; he said he “did not collude with Russia” and that all of his actions “were appropriate”. A Taliban suicide bomber killed 24 people in an early morning assault on a neighborhood in the Afghan capital where prominent politicians lived.

Last year, Jackie Mason, a rabbi-turned-comedian who brought his quick wit and piercing social commentary to Catskills nightclubs, West Coast talk shows and Broadway stages, died at 93.


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