A busy day in history. Here are some highlights, courtesy of Wikipedia: * 1431 - Joan of Arc is handed over to the Bishop Pierre Cauchon. * 1496 - Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine. * 1521 - Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther in the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem. * 1777 - Battle of Princeton. American general George Washington defeats British general Charles Cornwallis. * 1823 - Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico. * 1834 - The government of Mexico imprisons Stephen F. Austin in Mexico City. * 1861 - American Civil War: Delaware votes not to secede from the United States. * 1888 - Marvin C. Stone patents the drinking straw. * 1920 - Curse of the Bambino: The Boston Red Sox sell Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for a sum of $125,000 and a loan of more than $300,000. * 1924 - English explorer Howard Carter discovers the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, Egypt. * 1959 - Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state. * 1962 - Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro. * 1983 - Tony Dorsett of the Dallas Cowboys makes the longest run from scrimmage in NFL history. * 1990 - Former leader of Panama Manuel Noriega surrenders to American forces. * 1993 - In Moscow, George H. W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). * 2000 - The last "Peanuts" comic strip is created by Charles Schulz.