On this day in history, the following events were recorded:
1836 Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas' independence.
1910 author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, died in Redding, Conn.
1918 Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the "Red Baron," was killed in action during World War I.
1960 Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro.
1971 Jay G. was born.
1975 South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned after 10 years in office.
1977 The musical "Annie" opened on Broadway.
1980 Rosie Ruiz, the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon, was disqualified when officials discovered she had jumped into the race about a mile from the finish.
1986 A vault in Chicago's Lexington Hotel that was linked to Al Capone was opened during a live TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera. Except for a few bottles and a sign, the vault was empty.
This birthday is shared with:
Queen Elizabeth II
38 years old today. Looks like I gotta carry the model 38...
That is all.