In 1793, King Louis XVI of France went to the guillotine in Paris. In 1861, Jefferson Davis resigned from the U.S. Senate. In 1968, the Battle of Khe Sanh began. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned nearly all Vietnam War-era draft evaders. In 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Hispanics were now the U.S.'s largest minority group.
Stonewall Jackson (1824-63), soldier; Christian Dior (1905-57), fashion designer; Telly Savalas (1922-94), actor; Jack Nicklaus (1940- ), pro golfer; Plácido Domingo (1941- ), opera singer; Jeff Koons (1955- ), artist; Geena Davis (1956- ), actress; Hakeem Olajuwon (1963- ), basketball player; Jam Master Jay (1965-2002), musician; Cat Power (1972- ), singer; Jonathan Quick (1986- ), hockey player; Ashton Eaton (1988- ), Olympic athlete.
In 1979, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 35-31, in Super Bowl XIII to become the first NFL team to win three Super Bowls.
Though it was primarily in use during the French Revolution, the guillotine was used for executions in France as recently as 1977; the death penalty was abolished there in 1981.
"Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America—not on the battlefields of Vietnam." – Marshall McLuhan