Saturday, August 6, 2005
1221: St. Dominic de Guzmán, one of the dominant figures of the medieval world, founder of the Dominicans and first Inquisitor, dies at Bologna, Italy.
1890: William Kemmler, who had killed his common-law wife with an axe, becomes the first person to die in the electric chair when he is executed at Auburn Prison in New York. It takes two tries, the second lasting more than a minute, to kill him.
1902: Arthur Flegenheimer, a/k/a "Dutch Schultz," is born at the Bronx, New York. His Harlem numbers racket is today known as the New York Lottery.
1960: Caudillo Fidel Castro nationalizes all American property in Cuba; the U.S. responds with an embargo which the rest of the world ignores.
1965: President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
1991: College dropout and network anchor man Harry Reasoner dies at 68, after a fall at his home in Westport, Connecticut.
1996: Scientists announce that a meteorite from Mars, found in Antarctica, contains evidence of primitive life forms. Later study shows that it doesn’t.
1997: Microsoft buys a $150 million stake in Apple Computer, which is on the skids. Turns out to be a good investment.