Thanks to brainyhistory.com, I found these facts about what has happened on this date in history. It’s good to look back at past events and be grateful for our blessings and for what has gotten us to where we are today. 1992 NBC announces that “Cheers” will go off the air in May, 1993. 1987 Jack Sikma, of the Milwaukee Bucks, begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games. 1987 Occupied Palestinians start “intifada”, which is an uprising against Israel. 1984 Ringo Star appears on Saturday Night Live. 1982 A man named Norman Mayer held the Washington Monument hostage on this date because he demanded an end to nuclear weapons. He was killed after 10 hours. 1980 The Bravo network premieres on cable. 1966 U.S. and U.S.S.R. sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space. 1963 Lightning strikes a jetliner, causing a crash with 3 fuel tanks. The crash caused an explosion (killing 81 people) near Elkton, Maryland. This lightning strike is the only case of lightning causing a crash. 1962 A newspaper strike begins in NYC and lasts 114 days. 1956 “Singing the Blues,” by Guy Mitchell goes #1 for 10 weeks. 1952 First TV acknowledgement of pregnancy takes place on “I Love Lucy”. 1951 “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” closes at Alvin Theater in New York City after 267 performances. 1948 Jordan annexs Arabic Palestine. 1941 U.S. and Britain declare war on Japan (one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor) and the U.S. enters WWII. 1940 The first NFL championship that airs on national radio happened on this date. The Bears beat the Redskins 73-0. 1936 NAACP files a suit to equalize salaries of black and white teachers. 1930 Broadway Theater opens at 1681 Broadway, New York City, NY. 1923 The German – U.S friendship treaty is signed. 1896 Today is the start of Sherlock Holmes “The Adventure of the Missing Three Quarter”. 1874 The Jesse James gang takes a train at Muncie, KS. 1869 The 20th Roman Catholic ecumenical council, Vatican I, opens in Rome. 1863 Abraham Lincoln announces a plan for Reconstruction of South. 1863 A Jesuit church in Chile catches fire and 2,500 people die. 1863 President Lincoln offers amnesty for confederate deserters. 1854 Pope Pius IX proclaims Immaculate Conception and makes Mary free of Original Sin. 1813 Ludwig von Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in A, premieres. 1792 The first cremation in the United States takes place. 1776 George Washington’s retreating army crosses the Delaware River from New Jersey.