On this day in 1440
, one of the earliest known serial killers, Gilles de Rais
, is taken into custody upon an
brought against him by the Bishop of Nantes. Was this one time ally of Joan of Arc
really guilty of murdering hundreds of children
, as so many claimed? Some still wonder .
On this day in 1835
, the HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin
aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands. The ship lands at Chatham or San Cristobal, the easternmost of the archipelago.
On this day in 1916
, during World War I, tanks are used for the first time in battle, at the Battle of the Somme.
On this day in 1935
, Nazi Germany adopts a new national flag with the swastika.
On this day in 1959
, Nikita Khrushchev
becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.
On this day in 1963
, the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing: Four children killed at an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama, United States
On this day in 1966
, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson
, responding to Charles Whitman
's sniper attack
at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.
On this day in 1981
, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor
to become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
On this day in 2008
, Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
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