TODAY IN HIS­TORY

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

On Jan. 7, 1789, Amer­ica held its first pres­i­den­tial elec­tion as elec­tors se­lected Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton to be the na­tion’s first chief ex­ec­u­tive.

In 1904, the Mar­coni In­ter­na­tional Marine Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Com­pany of Lon­don es­tab­lished the tele­graphed let­ters “CQD” as a mar­itime dis­tress call (it was later re­placed with “SOS”).

In 1927, com­mer­cial transat­lantic tele­phone ser­vice was in­au­gu­rated be­tween New York and Lon­don.

In 1953, Pres­i­dent Tru­man an­nounced to Congress that the United States had de­vel­oped a hy­dro­gen bomb.

In 1959, the United States rec­og­nized the new gov­ern­ment of Cuba, six days af­ter Fidel Cas­tro’s over­throw of Ful­gen­cio Batista.

In 1972, Lewis F. Pow­ell, Jr. and Wil­liam H. Rehn­quist were sworn in as the 99th and 100th mem­bers of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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