Today in History


Many scholars believe that Christ died and rose from the dead again in AD 33. If the events recorded in the gospels did take place in AD 33, then this day is the probable date for Christ's resurrection.


English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare was born. He died on the same date 52 years later.


Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, dies at 69. He is best known for his work "Don Quixote."


President-elect George Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House in New York City.


James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, was born in Franklin County, Pa.


The Vitascope system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York City.


President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.


A leak-proof flashlight battery (Ray-o-Vac) was patented in the U.S. by Herman Anthony.


Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves won the game, 7-5.


The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church.


Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.)


The Coca-Cola Co. announced it was changing its secret formula for Coke. However, negative public reaction later forced the company to resume selling the original version.


McDonald's opened its first fast-food restaurant in China--in the capital of Beijing.


President George W. Bush eased Reagan-era sanctions against Libya in return for Moammar Gadhafi's giving up weapons of mass destruction.