TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1934, Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees hit his 700th home run. He finished his career with 714. His record held up until Hank Aaron surpassed him in 1974. In 2007, Barry Bonds hit his 756th career homer to claim the record and ended the year with 762 before a steroid scandal effectively blackballed him from Major League Baseball.
In 1949, the Vatican threatened excommunication against supporters of antiChristian or materialistic elements of Communism.
In 1949, the first provincial legislature of Newfoundland opened at St. John’s.