Today in 1836 – A convention of delegates from 57 Texas communities convenes in Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas, to deliberate independence from Mexico. This took all night. Independence was declared the next day.
Today in 1947 – The International Monetary Fund begins financial operations. Their basic operational mode is to take money from the poorer people of rich nations and give it to the rich people of poor nations.
Finally today in 1953 – Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and collapses. He dies four days later. Stalin killed millions more of his own countrymen than Hitler killed Jews, but he was a communist, and therefore had approval from the smart and important people to do it.