On this day:

1904: Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus of Panama

1940: Hattie McDaniel becomes the first black actor to win an Academy Award She won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in the 1939 historical romance “Gone with the Wind”.

Born on this day:

1896: Indian politician Morarji Desai—who, as prime minister of India (1977–79), was the first leader of sovereign India not to represent the long-ruling Indian National Congress party—was born.

Gone on this day:

2012: Davy Jones: English singer, actor