Saturday, March 19, 2005
1831: The first bank robbery in U.S. history occurs, as malefactors hit the City Bank of New York for $245,000—or something over $5 million in 2003 dollars.
1891: Future California governor, Republican vice-presidential nominee, and Chief Justice Earl Warren (UC-Berkeley Law 1917) is born at Los Angeles.
1914: John Jay Berwanger is born at Dubuque, Iowa. He is not only the only Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Chicago, but the only one to be tackled by a future president of the United States, Gerald Ford of the University of Michigan.
1918: The U.S. Congress establishes time zones for the United States, although railroads have been using them for decades, and daylight savings time.
1920: The U.S. Senate refuses to ratify the Versailles Treaty after President Wilson refuses to accept any modifications.
1950: Former wholesale pencil sharpener distributor and Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs dies at Encino, California. He was the first major author to set up his own company to publish his own books, cutting out the middlemen.
1979: The nation is riveted to its television sets as the U.S. House of Representatives begins broadcasting live coverage of its proceedings on the C-SPAN network. Well, this might be an exaggeration.