TODAY IN HISTORY
1898: Spain declared war on the United States. (The United States responded in kind the next day.)
1913: The 792-foot Woolworth Building, at that time the tallest skyscraper in the world, officially opened in Manhattan.
1980: The United States launched an unsuccessful attempt to free the American hostages in Iran; eight U.S. servicemen were killed.
2004: Cosmetics queen Estee Lauder died in New York at age 97.