(1789) George Washington elected first US president
In a unanimous vote, the US Electoral College elects General George Washington to the presidency. He will again be elected unanimously to a second term in 1792, with John Adams serving as vice president both times..
(1938) Disney’s ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ opens
Walt Disney’s first full-length animated feature is released and will defy naysayers, winning both critical praise and boffo box office returns, eventually earning more money than any previous film in history..
(1945) ‘The Big Three’ meet for Yalta Conference
Leaders of WWII’s Allied forces, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and Franklin Roosevelt, convene in Yalta, a Crimean resort town, to discuss postwar plans for dividing up a war-ravaged Europe. Many will come to believe the meeting lays the foundation of the Cold War..
(1974) Heiress Patty Hearst kidnapped
An obscure radical group, The Symbionese Liberation Army, kidnaps the 19-year-old daughter of Randolph Hearst, heiress to her family’s newspaper fortune. Brainwashed into supporting her captors’ cause, Hearst will later be seen robbing a bank with them before being found 19 months later..