Bill's Daily News: Today in History

2007, Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced that researchers had discovered the grave and tomb of Herod the Great. Herod was the Roman empire's "king of the Jews" in ancient Judea. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Herod ordered the "Massacre of the Innocents," which was the killing of all male children in Jesus' birth city of Bethlehem out of fear he would lose his throne to a new "king of the Jews."

1987, Gary Hart withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination after his affair with model Donna Rice came to light.

1985, New Coke began rolling out of Coca-Cola bottling and canning plants. Company officials quickly brought back the old product after realizing most Coke drinkers preferred the original formula to the new one.  Biggest mistake Coke ever made!  Well, other than the mistake that created Coke in the first place!

1886, Dr. John S. Pemberton created the formula for Coca-Cola while working on a new medicine for headaches and hangovers. It came about when a drugstore clerk mistakenly mixed it with carbonated water instead of straight water.  

1978, David Berkowitz pled guilty to the murder charges against him in the New York City "Son of Sam" killings.

1956, Alfred E. Neuman appeared on the cover of "Mad" magazine for the first time.

1945, the final surrender of the German forces was celebrated in Great Britain. It would come to be known as V-E Day.

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