TODAY IN HISTORY
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.