|2000||The father of six-year-old Elian Gonzalez arrives in the US, requesting Elain's return to Cuba.|
|1998||Country music singer Tammy Wynette dies in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 55.|
|1996||Actress Greer Garson dies in Dallas, Texas, at age 92|
|1994 ||The presidents of the African nations of Rwanda and Burundi are killed in a plane crash.|
|1994||After 24 years on the bench, US Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun announces his retirement.|
|1992||Futurist/author Isaac Asimov dies of heart and kidney failure at age 72.|
|1991||Iraq agrees to UN conditions ending the Persian Gulf War. |
|1985||William Schroeder becomes the first recipient of an artificial heart to be discharged from the hospital and allowed to live a normal life (Louisville, KY).|
|1931||Little Orphan Annie debuts on the NBC radio Blue Network.|
|1917||Congress approves a declaration of war against Germany, starting US involvement in WWI.|
|1909||Robert Peary and Matthew H. Henson become the first men to reach the North Pole.|
|1896||Athens, Greece, hosts the first Olympic Games of the modern era.|
|1869||Celluloid, the first plastic material, is patented.|
|1862||The Battle of Shiloh takes place during the US Civil War.|
|1830||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is founded by Joseph Smith in Fayette, NY.|
The US Congress counts the ballots cast during the first presidential election.
George Washington is unanimously elected president.
(John Adams is elected vice president).
(photo credit: NARA)