TODAY IN HISTORY
Congress passed a measure taxing distilled spirits; it was the first internal revenue act in U.S. history.
Florida became the 27th state.
President Abraham Lincoln signed a measure creating the National Academy of Sciences.
Twenty-five people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed while approaching the Colorado Springs airport.
Israel declared “total war” against the militant group Hamas after a bus bomb in Jerusalem killed 19 people, including the bomber, the third such suicide attack in eight days.
Voters in Switzerland approved joining the United Nations, abandoning almost 200 years of formal neutrality.
A tornado roared into the small community of Beauregard, Alabama, killing 23 people; it was the nation’s deadliest tornado in nearly six years.
Singer-musician Mike Pender is 79. Rock musician John Bigham is 61. Actress Julie Bowen is 50. Country singer Brett Warren is 49. Actress Jessica Biel is 38. Pop singer Camila Cabello is 23. Actress Reylynn Caster is 17.