TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1859: French acrobat Charles Blondin walked back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of Niagara Falls as thousands of spectators watched.
In 1908: the Tunguska Event took place in Russia as an asteroid exploded above Siberia, leaving 800 square miles of scorched or blown- down trees.
In 1912: Canada’s deadliest tornado on record occurred as a cyclone struck Regina, the provincial capital of Saskatchewan, killing 28 people.
In 1921: President Warren G. Harding nominated former President William Howard Taft to be chief justice of the United States, succeeding the late Edward Douglass White.
In 1933: the Screen Actors Guild was established.
In 1934: Adolf Hitler launched his “blood purge” of political and military rivals in Germany in what came to be known as “The Night of the Long Knives.”
In 1963: Pope Paul VI was crowned the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1972: for the first time, a leapsecond was added to Coordinated Universal Time to account for the slowing rotation of the Earth.