On this date
In 1775, the American Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet. In 1792, the cornerstone of the executive mansion, later known as the White House, was laid by President George Washington during a ceremony in the District of Columbia. In 1932, President Herbert Hoover and Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes laid the cornerstone for the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington. In 1944, during World War II, American troops entered Aachen, Germany — the first city on German soil to be captured by Allied forces. In 1972, a Uruguayan chartered flight carrying 45 people crashed in the Andes; survivors resorted to feeding off the remains of some of the dead to stay alive until they were rescued more than two months later. In 1999, in Boulder, Colo., the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury was dismissed after 13 months of work with prosecutors saying there wasn’t enough evidence to charge anyone in the 6-year-old beauty queen’s 1996 slaying. In 2010, rescuers in Chile using a missile-like escape capsule pulled 33 men one by one to fresh air and freedom 69 days after they were trapped in a collapsed mine a halfmile underground. Ten years ago: On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 936 points after eight days of losses. Five years ago: Gunmen in Syria abducted six Red Cross workers and a Syrian Red Crescent volunteer. (Four of the seven were released by the next day.) One year ago: Attorneys general in nearly 20 states sued the Trump administration over the decision to end a federal subsidy under the Affordable Care Act that lowered out-of-pocket medical costs for consumers with modest incomes.