In 1847, American forces invaded Mexico under Gen. Winfield Scott. In 1959, Mattel introduced the Barbie doll at the Toy Fair in New York. In 1981, Dan Rather debuted as anchor on the CBS Evening News; he anchored his final CBS newscast on the same day in 2005. In 2004, the Washington, DC-area “Beltway Sniper” John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to death in Virginia.
Samuel Barber (1910-81), composer; Mickey Spillane (1918-2006), author; Walter Kohn (1923- ), physicist/Nobel Prize winner; Ornette Coleman (1930- ), jazz musician; Yuri Gagarin (1934-68), cosmonaut/first person in space; Raul Julia (1940-94), actor; Charles Gibson (1944- ), TV journalist; Juliette Binoche (1964- ), actress; Brittany Snow (1986- ), actress; Bow Wow (1987- ), actor/rapper.
In 1995, Major League Baseball owners unanimously voted to welcome the Tampa Bay Rays (then named the Devil Rays) and the Arizona Diamondbacks to the league.
Hispanics became the largest minority group in the U.S. in 2002, at 13.5 percent of the population; by 2010 that percentage increased to 16.3 percent.
“I could have gone on flying through space forever.” – Yuri Gagarin
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