Today in history
In 1924: Mrs. D. Romeyn, while going into the basement at her home in Zeeland, fell from the upper landing to the basement floor, sustaining severe injuries. Two ribs were fractured, and she received several painful bruises besides. Whether she has received internal injury has not been determined.
On this date
In 1732, the first president of the United States, George Washington, was born in Westmoreland County in the Virginia Colony.
In 1857, Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, was born in London.
In 1862, Jefferson Davis, already the provisional president of the Confederacy, was inaugurated for a six-year term following his election in November 1861.
In 1909, the Great White Fleet, a naval task force sent on a round-the-world voyage by President Theodore Roosevelt, returned after more than a year at sea.
In 1924, Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
In 1935, it became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House.
In 1984, David Vetter, a 12-year-old Texas boy who’d spent most of his life in a plastic bubble because he had no immunity to disease, died 15 days after being removed from the bubble for a bone-marrow transplant.
In 1987, pop artist Andy Warhol died at a New York City hospital at age 58.
In 1995, actor Ed Flanders, 60, died at his own hand in Denny, California.
In 1997, scientists in Scotland announced they had succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named “Dolly.” (Dolly, however, was later put down after a short life marred by premature aging and disease.)
In 2004, consumer advocate Ralph Nader announced he was running again for president, this time as an independent.
In 2010, New York City police officer Richard Kern, accused of sodomizing a drug suspect in a subway station, was acquitted at trial; two colleagues were acquitted of a cover-up.
In 2018, the U.S. women’s hockey team won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, beating Canada 3-2 after a shootout tiebreaker.
In 2019, Producers of the Fox TV show “Empire” announced that actor Jussie Smollett’s character would be removed from the final two episodes of the season after his arrest on charges that he staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself.
In 2019, R&B star R. Kelly was charged in Chicago with aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. (Kelly is being held without bond in Chicago; he is facing a variety of charges in three states.) Police in Jupiter, Fla., said New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft faced charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage parlor. (Kraft has pleaded not guilty but issued a written apology.)
Clinton Kelly is 51.
John Ashton is 72.
Vijay Singh is 57.
Drew Barrymore is 45.