A Historical Day

(1940) McDaniel is the first African American Oscar winner
1940 Hattie McDaniel wins the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her portrayal of Mammy in ‘Gone with the Wind,’ becoming the first African American Academy Award winner. .
(1968) Jocelyn Bell Burnell announces discovery of pulsar
Cambridge postgraduate astrophysics student, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, reports that she’s discovered the first pulsating star, or ‘pulsar.’ The 1974 Nobel Prize for this discovery will go to her thesis supervisor, Antony Hewish, and his colleague Martin Ryle.. 1968
(1984) Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau resigns
1984 Pierre Trudeau tells the Canadian House of Commons he’s stepping down after 15 years as PM, leaving behind a legacy of personal charisma, political liberalism, and a push for national unity..
(1996) Bosnian War’s siege of Sarajevo is over
After four years of assaults from artillery, tanks, and snipers, the longest modern-day siege of a capital city comes to an end. The siege of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, cost the lives of nearly 14,000 people, including 5,434 civilians. . 1996

A Historical Day

(1525) The last Aztec emperor is executed
1525 Having survived years of war, the Spanish conquest of his empire, torture, and seeming accord with conquistador Hernán Cortés and his army, Aztec emperor Cuauhtémoc is executed by order of Cortés..
(1953) Watson and Crick reveal DNA discovery
Cambridge University scientists James Watson and Francis Crick announce that they’ve uncovered the double-helix structure of the DNA molecule, helping to unlock the genetic code of humans and other living things.. 1953
(1983) ‘M*A*S*H’ finale airs to record-smashing ratings
1983 Nearly 106 million viewers, or 77 percent of the American TV-watching public, tune in to the last episode of the beloved series ‘M*A*S*H.’ After 11 seasons, the television show about a US Army medical unit serving in the Korean War lasted longer than the war itself..
(1993) Branch Davidian standoff in Waco begins
When agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives serve warrants at the Branch Davidian compound outside of Waco, Texas, a gunfight erupts, killing four agents and six members of the fringe Christian group. The resulting siege will last 51 days. . 1993