On this date in 1633, Galileo was convicted of heresy.
Also on this date, in 1861, the US Civil War began with shots fired on Ft. Sumter.
And on this day, in 1914, the first movie palace opened–the Mark Strand Theatre in NYC.
Also on this day, in 1945, FDR died.
And also on this day, in 1954, Bill Haley & the Comets recorded “Rock Around the Clock”.
And today, in 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space.
Also today, in 1981, the first space shuttle, Columbia, took its first test flight.
And also today, in 1999, an Arkansas judge found President Clinton in contempt of court for lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.