On this day in 1998 Baltimore Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken Jr. voluntarily sat out a game against the New York Yankees very quietly ending his record for most consecutive games played at 2,632. In the time since no other baseball player has even played in half the amount of consecutive games.
On this day in 2001 president George Dubyah Bush declared a war on "terrah" in front of a joint session of Congress. With the blood lust of the nation at its peak, Bush needed a common enemy for the nation to rally against. My only question is, were we pro-terrorism before 9-11, or were we just meh? I'll say one thing, this guys' public speaking ability got Obama elected.
On this day in 1519 Ferdinand Magellan and his crew of 270 set sail aboard 5 ships for the Spice Islands in the East Indies. The good news is his expedition was the first to circumnavigate the world! The bad news, read it here. He became the first European to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific. His hopes were to find a passage through South America to present day Indonesia, but he had to sail all the way down to Tierra Del Fuego. 99 days later they arrived in Guam. Just over a week after that while anchored in the Philippines Magellan was killed by natives.