History's greatest showman is born, a war begins, and two of man's greatest inventions are unveiled, all on this day.
1989: Oliver North is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell to a three-year suspended prison term, two years probation, $150,000 in fines and 1,200 hours community service for his role in the Iran-Contra affair. His convictions were later overturned.
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