1. 1922: Warren G. Harding becomes first president to be heard on radio
It was on this date in 1922 that Warren G. Harding was broadcast on the radio, making him the first U.S. President to ever be heard on the airwaves. Harding addressed a crowd at the dedication of the memorial site for Francis Scott Key, the composer of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Harding was known for his advocacy of advanced technology; in 1920 when he won the presidency it was the first time that an election winner was announced live via the radio. He was also the first to have a radio installed in the White House. It was said that as many as 125,000 people heard the memorial dedication, which was a significant breakthrough. Just three years later, President Calvin Coolidge would give the first presidential address via radio broadcast, which is said to have been heard by over 23 million people.
2. 1998: Michael Jordan leads the Bulls to 6th NBA championship
How could anyone forget this day in 1998 when Michael Jordan would juke Bryon Russel out of his shorts to hit what would be the game winning jump shot in the NBA Finals. This would be Jordan’s sixth title with the Chicago Bulls with the help from Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman just to name a few. Even with arguably the best basketball player that has ever lived, Michael Jordan, on your squad , it still helps to have the grandmaster of coaches at the helm, Phil Jackson. The series started with the Utah Jazz winning game one in overtime, but then the Bulls came back with a vengeance winning the next three. It appeared as it was going to be a quick series but then the Jazz came back to win game five in Chicago. But that is when the luck of Karl Malone and John Stockton ran out as Jordan and the Bulls win 87-86
3. 1985: Hezbollah terrorists hijack TWA flight 847
On this date in 1985, two Lebanese terrorists hijack TWA flight 847 on route from Athens to Rome. The two were said to have ties to Shiite Hezbollah and immediately demanded to know the identity of “those with Jewish-sounding names”. Armed with a 9mm pistol and grenades they forced the plane to land in Beirut Lebanon. Once the terrorists determined that there wasn’t Jewish passengers, or foreign diplomats they turned their attention on the several U.S. Navy divers on board. One diver, Robert Stethem was killed. This would turn into a 17-day ordeal as authorities carefully negotiate the situation. Because they were in Lebanon there was not much the U.S. could do to prosecute the men responsible for the death of the American soldier. Mohammad Ali Hammadi was on the FBI’s most wanted list and was arrested in Frankfurt Germany just two years later for carrying explosives into an airport. In an attempt to prevent the Germans from extraditing Hammadi to the U.S., two German citizens were kidnapped in Lebanon. To prevent harm to the tourists, Germany decided to prosecute giving Hammadi life in prison. However after serving 19 years he was released on parole in 2005, all while still remaining on the FBI most wanted list. There was rumor that he was killed by a CIA drone in 2010 but that has been unconfirmed. He still remains one of the most wanted men in the world.