This Day In History – Vice President Spiro Agnew charged with tax evasion

1845

The U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Md.

1886

The tuxedo dinner jacket made its debut at a ball in Tuxedo Park, N.Y.

1911

Sun Yat-sen’s revolutionaries overthrew the Manchu dynasty in China.

1935

George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess debuted on Broadway.

1943

Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China.

1970

Fiji gained its independence from Great Britain.

1973

Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with tax evasion.

1985

Actor and director Orson Welles died in Hollywood at age 70.

2001

California representative Nancy Pelosi became minority whip.

2002

The US Congress gave President Bush authorization to use military force against Iraq.

Birthdays

James Clavell

1924–1994, (Charles Edmund DuMaresq de Clavelle), screenwriter, director, producer, novelist born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Jean-Antoine Watteau

painter (1684)

Henry Cavendish

physicist and chemist (1731)

Benjamin West

painter (1738)

Giuseppe Verdi

composer of opera (1813)

Robert Gould Shaw

soldier, Civil War figure (1837)

Helen Hayes

actress (1900)

Alberto Giacometti

sculptor (1901)

R. K. Narayan

novelist (1906)

Thelonious Monk

jazz pianist (1917)

Harold Pinter

dramatist (1930)

Ben Vereen

actor, dancer (1946)

Amanda Burton

actor (1956)

Tanya Tucker

country singer (1958)

Brett Favre

football player (1969)

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

auto racer (1974)

Mya

singer, actor (1979)

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