History's greatest showman is born, a war begins, and two of man's greatest inventions are unveiled, all on this day.
2005: Vice Admiral James Stockdale, one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the United States Navy and Ross Perot's vice presidential running mate in 1992, dies of Alzheimer's disease at age 81 in Coronado, California. Stockdale, who was awarded 26 personal combat decorations, including the Medal of Honor and four Silver Stars, was the highest-ranking naval officer held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He is perhaps best remembered today for introducing himself to the country during the 1992 vice presidential debate by joking "Who am I? Why am I here?"
National Media Museum
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for ELLE
Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Jim Rogash/ Getty
U.S. Air Force
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
New York Magazine/Twitter via CNN
Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
It's easy to upload your photos and/or videos on News8000.com. Once you do, we'll share your upload with the community!
No email address was supplied by
To complete your registration on this site, please supply an address.
Please confirm or modify the email address to which you will have subscription offers sent.
For a more personalized experience, please supply the following optional information.