Today in history
Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates during the First Barbary War. American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II. Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista. 11people were killed in a fiery collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a Maryland commuter train in Silver Spring, Maryland. Former California Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 90.