In 1865 Jefferson Davis approved the use of this weapon.
- Poison gas
Today in History: Born on May 25
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and philosopher.
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, tap dancer.
Philip Murray, American labor leader, founder of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).
Igor Sikorsky, American aviation engineer who developed the first successful helicopter.
Bennett Cerf, publisher, founder of Random House.
Gene Tunney, heavyweight boxing champion.
Theodore Roethke, poet.
Miles Davis, American jazz trumpeter.
Beverly Sills, opera singer.
John Gregory Dunne, novelist and journalist.
Raymond Carver, American writer.
Jamaica Kincaid, author (Annie John, Lucy).