1850
Daniel Webster gave a three-hour speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850.

1876
Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone.

1936
Adolf Hitler broke the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact when he ordered troops to march into the Rhineland.

1945
During World War II, U.S. troops crossed the bridge at Remagen, the first incursion into Germany by Allied forces.

1965
Peaceful civil rights demonstrators marching from Selma, Ala., are brutally attacked with billy clubs and tear gas by police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The event is later called “Bloody Sunday.”

2004
V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire was invested as the first openly gay Episcopal Church bishop.

2005
John R. Bolton was nominated by President Bush to be U.S. ambassador to the UN.

Sir John Herschel
mathematician (1792)

Birthdays

Piet Mondrian
artist (1872)

Maurice Ravel
composer (1875)

Janet Guthrie
auto racer (1938)

Michael Eisner
businessman (1942)

Bryan Cranston
actor (1956)

Ivan Lendl
tennis player (1960)

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