The Only Things That Happened On This Day in History

1540 King Henry VIII’s chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed. The same day, the English monarch married Catherine Howard, the fifth of his six wives.

1868 The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing due process and the equal protection of the laws to former slaves, was declared in effect.

1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. World War I began as declarations of war by other European nations quickly followed.

1998 Monica Lewinsky was given blanket immunity from prosecution in exchange for grand jury testimony in the investigation of her relationship with President Bill Clinton.

2006 Actor-director Mel Gibson launched an anti-Semitic tirade as he was arrested in Malibu, Calif., for driving drunk; Gibson later apologized and was sentenced to probation and alcohol treatment.


~ by thehalobender on July 28, 2009.

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