TODAY IN HISTORY
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.
A divided U.S. Supreme Court, in Wilson v. New, upheld, 5-4, the eighthour work day for interstate railroad workers.
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.
The series finale of “Mary Tyler Moore” aired on CBS-TV, ending the situation comedy’s seven-season run.
The U.S. House of Representatives began televising its floor proceedings; the live feed was carried by C-SPAN, which was making its debut.
President George W. Bush ordered the start of war against Iraq.
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.