1498- Vasco de Gama reaches Calicut, India.
- 1652- Rhode Island passes the first laws in North America making slavery illegal.
- 1804- Napolean Bonaparte declared the Emperor of France by the French Senate.
- 1863- The Siege of Vicksburg begins as part of the Civil War.
- 1897- Dracula is first published. Twilight fans, thank Irish Author Bram Stoker for the vampire.
- 1910- Haley’s Comet passes through the night sky.
- 1969- Apollo 10 is launched.
- 1980- Mt. St. Helens in Alaska erupts, killing 57 and causing several billion in damages.
- 1992- The 27th amendment is finally ratified 202 years after initial submission. This amendment prohibits salaries of members of Congress from being raised during the term.
The Conservative Journal wishes a happy birthday to…
- My favorite Luxembourgian politician and former Prime Minister, Jacques Santer, 72.
- Country music singer George Strait, 57.
- The brilliantly hilarious Tina Fey, 39.
Only the very rich and famous get a shout out from us.
In Memory Of..
- Victim of the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption Harry Randall Truman, 1980.
- The first female member of Congress Jeannette Rankin, 1973.
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