- Today in History -
In 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C., for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.
In 1973, actress Veronica Lake, known for her "peek-a-boo" hairstyle, died in Burlington, Vt., at age 50.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1949, the police drama "Dragnet," starring Jack Webb and Barton Yarborough, premiered on NBC radio.
In 1954, Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips of WHBQ became the first DJ to play an Elvis Presley record. He premiered "That's All Right," and he also interviewed Elvis.
In 1978, Morris the Cat of the "Nine Lives" cat food commercials was rescued by trainer Bob Martwick from the pound just a few minutes before he was to be put to sleep.
In 2009, a star-studded memorial service was held for Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, 12 days after his death. Among those who paid tribute to Jackson included Usher, Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah.