ON THIS DAY
1957 - The New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds. The next year the Giants were in San Francisco, CA. 1960 - "My Three Sons" debuted on ABC-TV.
1962 - US President John F. Kennedy nationalised the Mississippi National guard in response to city officials defying federal court orders. The orders had been to enroll James Meredith at the University of Mississippi. 1963 - "My Favorite Martian" premiered on CBSTV. 1963 - "The Judy Garland Show" premiered on CBS-TV. 1967 - The International Monetary Fund reformed monetary systems around the world.
1977 - Eva Shain became the first woman to officiate a heavyweight title boxing match. About 70 million people watched Muhammad Ali defeat Ernie Shavers on NBC-TV.
1982 - In Chicago, IL, seven people died after taking capsules of Extra-Strength Tylenol that had been laced with cyanide. 264 000 bottles were recalled.
1983 - The War Powers Act was used for the first time by the US Congress when they authorized President Reagan to keep US Marines in Lebanon for 18 more months. 1983 - "A Chorus Line" with performance number 3 389 became the longest running show on Broadway.
1984 - Irish officials announced that they had intercepted the Marita Anne carrying seven tons of US-purchased weapons. The weapons were intended for the Irish Republican Army.
1984 - Elizabeth Taylor was voted to be the world's most beautiful woman in a Louis Harris poll. Taylor was at the time in the Betty Ford Clinic overcoming a weight problem. 1986 - Mary Lou Retton announced that she was quitting gymnastics.
1988 - The space shuttle Discovery took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was the first manned space flight since the Challenger disaster. 1990 - "Millie's Book" by First Lady Barbara Bush was the best-selling non-fiction book in the US
1992 - Magic Johnson announced that he was returning to professional basketball. The comeback ended the following November. 1992 - Brazilian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to impeach President Fernando Collor de Mello.
1993 - Bosnia's Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject an international peace plan unless Bosnian Serbs returned land that had been taken by force.
1994 - The US House voted to end the practice of lobbyist buying meals and entertainment for members of Congress. 1998 - Hasbro announced plans to introduce an action figure of retired US General Colin Powell.
2008 - The Dow Industrial Average lost 777 points. It was the largest one-day decline to date. The drop came after the US House of Representatives had voted down a $700 billion bank bailout plan. 2010 - In China, Canton Tower became operational.