Long-running (197988) Sitcom and teen drama on NBC, about the heartwarming adventures of a group of female students. In later seasons, they went to college and beyond, but kept living together under the watchful eye of Mrs.

Garrett, formerly of (and, in later seasons, her Suspiciously Similar Substitute sister, played by Cloris Leachman).

In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger roared into orbit on its maiden voyage. Ten years ago: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced the surprise release of 15 captive British sailors and marines. Country singer Steve Gatlin (The Gatlin Brothers) is 66.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad over White House objections.

In 1949, 12 nations, including the United States, signed the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington, D. In 1958, Johnny Stompanato, an enforcer for crime boss Mickey Cohen and the boyfriend of actress Lana Turner, was stabbed to death by Turner's teenage daughter, Cheryl Crane, who said Stompanato had attacked her mother.

In 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

The show went on to become one of the biggest hits on TV at the time of its release.

After the discontinuation of ‘The Facts of Life’, Nancy’s career suffered a slowdown as she was rejected in a number of auditions.

During its first season, the show had a large ensemble of girls, including one played by a very young Molly Ringwald.

Starting with its second season, though, the show was retooled.

In 1841, President William Henry Harrison succumbed to pneumonia one month after his inaugural, becoming the first U. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to Kentucky newspaper editor Albert G. Senate voted 82-6 in favor of declaring war against Germany (the House followed suit two days later by a vote of 373-50).

Today in local history In 1971, three Navy ships were planning visits to Wilmington during the upcoming Azalea Festival: The USS Van Voorhis, a destroyer escort; the USS Chivo, a submarine, and the USS Petrel, a submarine rescue vessel. A woman was killed in one of three accidents over two days at the U. Elsewhere on this date In 1818, Congress decided the flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union. In 1859, "Dixie" was performed publicly for the first time by Bryant's Minstrels at Mechanics' Hall in New York.

17 bypass south of Shallotte was causing so much trouble state officials ordered warning signals for it. The intersection, which previously had a caution light and stop sign, was a traffic trouble spot before the traffic signals were installed.