1963-John F. Kennedy was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
2002-George W. Bush signed a bill creating the Department of Homeland Security.
1952- The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, opened in London. It would become the world's longest running play. At every curtain call, the murderer swears the audience to secrecy.
1999-Elian Gonzalez was rescued at sea. He would become the subject of an international custody battle. His father wanted him back in Cuba. His uncle wanted him to stay in the US. What I remember about this debacle was the guy who rescued him. He stayed with the kid as much as he could and tried to get on every TV show imagineable. This guy wanted to use the kid to get his 15 minutes of fame. He became known as "the fisherman" until it was learned that he was unemployed and not very good at fishing.