On this day,
2001- Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords switches party affiliation from Republican to Independent, giving control of the U-S Senate to the Democrat party
1995- Heidi Fleiss, the Hollywood Madam, is sentenced to three years in prison for running a high-class call girl ring.
1994- Four men are sentenced to 240 years in prison each for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
1992- Al Unser Junior becomes the first second-generation winner of the Indianapolis 500
1991- Byrds co-founder Gene Clark dies of a heart attack at the age of 46.
1990- The Edmonton Oilers win their fifth Stanley Cup.
1984- Deniece Williams’ hit from the “Footloose” soundtrack, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy,” goes to number one.
1976- Transatlantic service compliments of the Concorde starts in Washington.
1975- Earth, Wind, and Fire top the charts with their hit, “Shining Star.”
1964- The Beatles’ hit, “Love Me Do,” goes to number one.
1962- Astronaut Scott Carpenter becomes the second American to orbit the Earth.
1935- The Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies in major league baseball’s first ever night baseball game.
1911- First Indianapolis 500 car race.
1893- The Anti-Saloon League is founded in Oberlin, Ohio. The League spreads nationwide in 1895.
1883- The Brookly Bridge opens.
1844- Samuel Morse opens the first official telegraph line sending the message “What hath God wrought”from Baltimore to Washington D-C.
1988- Singer Billy Gilman
1967- Rapper Heavy D
1965- Actor John C. Reilly
1963- Basketball player Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons.
1960- Actress Kristin Scott Thomas
1955- Singer Rosanne Cash.
1953- Actor Alfred Molina
1945- Actress Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ ex-wife.
1944- Singer Patti LaBelle.
1941- Singer Bob Dylan.
1938- Actor Tommy Chong, Cheech and Chong.
1816- Artist Emanuel Leutze, painted Washington Crossing the Delaware and other famous American works.