Nancy Pelosi 1940 - U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives
- 1910 - The U.S. Congress passed an amendment to the 1907 Immigration Act that barred criminals, paupers, anarchists and carriers of disease from settling in the U.S.
- 1942 - The Germans began sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland.
- 1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine that would prevent poliomyelitis.
- 1996 - The International Monetary Fund approved a $10.2 billion loan for Russia to help the country transform its economy.
- 1997 - The 39 bodies of Heaven's Gate members are found in a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. The group had committed suicide thinking that they would be picked up by a spaceship following behind the comet Hale-Bopp.
- 2000 - In Russia, acting President Vladimir Putin was elected president outright. He won a sufficient number of votes to avoid a runoff election.
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