This Day in History: Feb. 6

In 1895, baseball legend George Herman “Babe” Ruth was born at 216 Emory Street in Baltimore. On what would have been the Bambino’s 73rd birthday in 1968, the city bought the house along with three other houses and lots on its street. The Mayor’s Committee for the Preservation of Babe Ruth’s Birthplace originally considered demolishing the houses and rebuilding them near Memorial Stadium, but eventually decided to restore the buildings at their original location. Today, the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum still stands on Emory Street. (Leroy Merriken, Baltimore Sun photo, 1931)

1778: The United States won official recognition from France with the signing of treaties in Paris.

1924: President Woodrow Wilson was buried at the Washington National Cathedral.

1933: The Constitution’s 20th Amendment took effect, designating Jan. 20 as the date of presidential inaugurations.

1946: The Baltimore Youth Advisory Board recommended that a school be established in the city to train and educate parents of juvenile delinquents.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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