TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS -

1531

The Church of Eng­land grudg­ingly ac­cepted King Henry VIII as its supreme head.

1861

Pres­i­dent-elect Abra­ham Lin­coln bade farewell to his adopted home­town of Spring­field, Ill., as he headed to Wash­ing­ton for his in­au­gu­ra­tion.

1937

A six-week-old sit-down strike against Gen­eral Mo­tors ended, with the com­pany agree­ing to rec­og­nize the United Au­to­mo­bile Work­ers Union.

1968

New York City’s fourth and cur­rent Madi­son Square Gar­den opened with a “Salute to the USO” hosted by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

1990

South African black ac­tivist Nel­son Man­dela was freed af­ter 27 years in cap­tiv­ity.

2012

Pop singer Whit­ney Hous­ton, 48, was found dead in a ho­tel room bath­tub in Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia.

2013

With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict XVI an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion.

Birth­days

Ac­tor Con­rad Ja­nis is 92. Gospel singer Jimmy Carter is 88. Ban­dleader Ser­gio Men­des is 79. For­mer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is 67. Singer Sh­eryl Crow is 58. Singer D’An­gelo is 46. Ac­tress Natalie Dormer is 38. Ac­tor Tay­lor Laut­ner is 28.

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