1931 Estelle Tschudy of Smyrna took her seat as the first downstate woman to be elected to the General Assembly.

1944 Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, World War II naval hero, attended the capping ceremony at Wilmington's Delaware Hospital for his daughter Mrs. Preston Lea Spruance of Greenville.

1971 Bobby Baker, the U.S. Senate staff member who was investigated by Delaware's U.S. Senator John Williams, went to federal prison in Lewisburg, Pa. for one to three years.

2010 President Obama flew into Wilmington on Air Force One to attend the funeral of Vice-President Biden's mother, Jean.

Today's facts were compiled by historian Roger Martin and brought to you by the Delaware Public Archives.