In 1524, Italian navigator Giovanni da Verrazano, sailing for France, led the first European expedition into New York Harbor. In 1861, Virginia became the eighth state to secede from the Union. In 1961, a group of CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched an unsuccessful invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. In 1993, a federal jury convicted two police officers (and acquitted two others) of violating the civil rights of assaulted motorist Rodney King.
Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet political leader; Senor Wences (1896-1999), ventriloquist; Thornton Wilder, playwright/novelist (1897-1975); William Holden (1918-81), actor; Boomer Esiason (1961- ), football player/broadcaster; Jennifer Garner (1972- ), actress.
In 1951, 19-year-old Mickey Mantle made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.
More Civil War battles were fought in Virginia than any other state.
“Ninety-nine per cent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion.” – Thornton Wilder