On this Date
Reggae singer Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals) is 70. Actress Kim Basinger is 65. Country singer Marty Raybon is 59. Political commentator Ann Coulter is 57. Rock musician Marty Friedman is 56. Actor Wendell Pierce is 55. Actress Teri Hatcher is 54. Singer Sinead O’Connor (AKA Shuhada’ Davitt) is 52. Actor
Dominic Monaghan is 42. Actor Ian Somerhalder is 40. Rock singer Ingrid Michaelson is 39. Country singer Sam Hunt is 34. Rock singer-actress Kate Voegele is 32. Christian rock musician Jen Ledger (Skillet) is 29. Actress
AnnaSophia Robb is 25.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which holds that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was free of original sin from the moment of her own conception.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction for the South.
In 1886, the American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1972, a United Airlines Boeing 737 crashed while attempting to land at Chicago-Midway Airport, killing 43 of the 61 people on board, as well as two people on the ground; among the dead were Dorothy Hunt, wife of Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt, U.S. Rep. George W. Collins, D-Ill., and CBS News correspondent Michele Clark.
In 1980, rock star John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by an apparently deranged fan.
In 1982, a man demanding an end to nuclear weapons held the Washington Monument hostage, threatening to blow it up with explosives he claimed were inside a van. (After a 10-hour standoff, Norman D. Mayer was shot dead by police; it turned out there were no explosives.)
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty at the White House calling for destruction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
In 1991, AIDS patient Kimberly Bergalis, who had contracted the disease from her dentist, died in Fort Pierce, Fla., at age 23.
In 2001, the U.S. Capitol was reopened to tourists after a two-month security shutdown.