In 1791, Georgetown University, in what is now Washington, D.C., opened as the first Roman Catholic college in the United States.
In 1864, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman began his Civil War march from Atlanta to the sea.
In 1920, the first assembly of the League of Nations was called to order in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1943, Heinrich Himmler ordered gypsies be placed in Nazi concentration camps.
In 1960, Hollywood king Clark Gable, best remembered as Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind, died of a heart attack at the age of 59.
In 1969, 250,000 people demonstrated in Washington against the Vietnam War.
In 1984, 5-week-old Baby Fae died after her body rejected the baboon heart she had lived with for 20 days at California's Loma Linda University Medical Center.
In 1987, 27 people were killed when a Continental Airlines DC-9 jet crashed in a snowstorm during takeoff from Denver.
In 1989, tornadoes struck six Southern states, killing 17 people and injuring 463, causing at least $100 million in damage in Huntsville, Ala.
In 1990, members of the so-called Keating Five -- Sens. Alan Cranston, D-Calif.; Dennis DeConcini, D-Ariz.; John Glenn, D-Ohio; John McCain, R-Ariz.; and Donald Riegle, D-Mich. -- were accused of influence peddling on behalf of savings and loan kingpin Charles Keating.
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