Today, in 1863, President Lincoln officially declared the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day.
Today in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt threatened to start using army troops to work the coal mines, which had been on strike since May 12. This leads the owners to agree to submit to an arbitration board.
Today, in 1913, the United States federal income tax was enacted (at 1%) by President Woodrow Wilson in the enactment of the Revenue Act of 1913.
Today in 1945, Elvis Presley made his first public performance at the age of ten, in a talent show at the Mississippi-Alabama Dairy show. He sang the song “Old Shep” and came in second place, winning a five dollar prize.
Now, in 1974, Frank Robinson was named Major League Baseball’s first black manager when he was put in charge of the Cleveland Indians.
Now, in 1989, Art Shell became the first African-American head coach in the modern NFL when he took over the Los Angeles Raiders.
Today, in 1995, it was announced that OJ Simpson had been officially acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The verdict drew a record TV audience share of 91% of all TVs in use at the time with 107.7 million people (57% of the population) making a 42.9-watching rating. The verdict had actually fallen the day before, but it was retained.
Now, in 1997, Attorney General Janet Reno said she found no evidence that President Clinton broke the law with White House coffees and overnight stays for big contributors.
Today, in 2008, the $700 billion bailout bill for the US financial system was signed into law by President George W. Bush.
Today in 2008, J. Simpson was convicted of robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint from a hotel room in Las Vegas. (Simpson was later sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison; he was granted parole in July 2017 and released from prison in October of that year.)
Today, in 2014, 83 million accounts were compromised after a cyberattack against JP Morgan Chase and 9 other financial institutions. It was later revealed that an overlooked server was providing access to hackers.
Today, in 2015, US airstrikes hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 42 people. It was later considered to be the result of human error.
Today, in 2017, President Trump visited Puerto Rico, which had been devastated by Hurricane Maria… sadly throwing paper towels at survivors.
Today in 2018, the first exolun, moon outside the solar system, was discovered at eight thousand years old (size of Neptune) by astronomers from Columbia University.
Today in 2021, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady became the NFL’s all-time leader in career passing distance in a 19-17 win over the NE Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Brady’s 22-43 for 269 yards passed Drew Brees’ high of 80,358.