Cite Return to Daily IQ 1934The RockThe first inmates arrived at the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. 1909 Arapahoe became the first American ship to use the S.O.S. distress signal. 1952 King Hussein of Jordan ascended the throne after his father had been declared mentally unfit. 1954 More than seven years of fighting in Indochina formerly ended with the cessation of French control. 1956 Abstract artist Jackson Pollock died in an automobile accident. 1960 Chad gained its independence from France. 1965 Following the arrest of a young black motorist, the predominately black neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles erupted in riots that lasted six days and left 34 dead. 2003 Charles Taylor, president of Liberia, formally relinquished his office to Moses Blah and left for Nigeria. Yesterday Return to Daily IQ Tomorrow or choose another day: JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec Today's Birthday or select month and date: JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec Year by Year: 1900?2014 or enter a year: Enter a year: TrendingHere are the facts and trivia that people are buzzing about. August 2021 Current Events: US News Record Highest Temperatures by State The Megacities of Africa The Mongol Empire The Real World Destinations of Greek Mythology The Most and Least Religious Countries ?