This week Brent Ashworth shares some autographs and discusses the size of autographs compared to the signers position. For example, President John Adams had a large signature as president but afterwards had a smaller signature. President Nixon also had a large signature but it was smaller after Watergate. What does your signature say about you?
- 1793 – Queen Marie-Antoinette of France is tried and convicted in a swift, pre-determined trial in the Palais de Justice, Paris, and condemned to death the following day.
- 1815 – Napoleon I of France begins his exile on Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean. (see video)
- 1863 – American Civil War: The H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship, sinks during a test, killing its inventor, Horace L. Hunley.
- 1878 – The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation. See video for more on Thomas Edison.
- 1917 – World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for the German Empire. (see autograph)
- 1951 – The first episode of I Love Lucy, an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley, airs on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).
- 1966 – Black Panther Party is created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.
- 1969 – Vietnam War; The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam is held in Washington DC and across the US. Over 2 million demonstrate nationally; about 250,000 in the nation’s capital.
- 1989 – Wayne Gretzky becomes the all-time leading points scorer in the NHL.
- 1990 – Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and open up his nation.
- 1924, Lee Iacocca, American businessman and author
- 1926, Jean Peters, American actress (d. 2000). See video
- 1942, Penny Marshall, American ac tress and director
- 1945, Jim Palmer, American baseball player