Today in history, The Salvation Army is officially organized in the United States in 1885.
Today in history, Automobile owners lobby Congress in support of a bill that calls for vehicle licensing and federal registration in 1908.
Today in history, The first seaplane takes off from water at Martiniques, France in 1910.
Today in history, The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is founded, Great Britain’s first official service women in 1917.
Today in history, President Warren Harding names William Howard Taft (see picture below) as chief justice of the United States in 1921.
Today in history, Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara respectively in 1930.
Today in history, English novelist Virginia Woolf throws herself into the River Ouse near her home in Sussex. Her body will not be found until April 18 in 1941.
Today in history, The U.S. Air Force announces research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites in 1962.
Today in history, A major accident occurs at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979.
Today in history, Jesse Owens (see picture below) receives the Congressional Gold Medal from President George Bush in 1990.