TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS -

1687

French ex­plorer Ren­eR­obert Cave­lier, Sieur de La Salle, the first Euro­pean to nav­i­gate the length of the Mis­sis­sippi River, was mur­dered by mu­ti­neers in present­day Texas.

1917

A di­vided U.S. Supreme Court, in Wil­son v. New, up­held, 5-4, the eighthour work day for in­ter­state rail­road work­ers.

1945

Dur­ing World War II, 724 peo­ple were killed when a Ja­panese dive bomber at­tacked the car­rier

USS Franklin off Ja­pan. ... Adolf Hitler or­dered the de­struc­tion of Ger­man fa­cil­i­ties that could fall into Al­lied hands in his so-called “Nero De­cree,” which was largely dis­re­garded.

1977

The series fi­nale of “Mary Tyler Moore” aired on CBS-TV, end­ing the sit­u­a­tion com­edy’s seven-sea­son run.

1979

The U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives be­gan tele­vis­ing its floor pro­ceed­ings; the live feed was car­ried by C-SPAN, which was mak­ing its de­but.

2003

Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush or­dered the start of war against Iraq.

Birth­days

For­mer White House na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Brent Scowcroft is 95. Ac­tress Glenn Close is

73. Ac­tor Bruce Wil­lis is

65. Ac­tress-co­me­dian Mary Scheer is 57. Rap­per Bun B is 47. MLB pitcher Clay­ton Ker­shaw is 32.

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