1492 Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain More ...
1596 David Fabricius discovers light variation of Mira More ...
1678 Robert LaSalle builds 1st ship in America, Griffon More ...
1750 Christopher Dock completed the first book of teaching methods More ...
1863 Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens More ...
1880 American Canoe Association founded at Lake George NY More ...
1897 The StreetCar Controller was patented by Walter Knight and William Potter More ...
1914 Yankee catcher Nunamaker throws out 3 would be stealers in 1 inning More ...
1921 First aerial cropdusting (Troy, Ohio to kill caterpillars) More ...
1921 Eight "Black Sox" thrown out More ...
1922 WGY radio in Schenectady, NY presented the first full-length melodrama More ...
1930 Second time in 1930, Chuck Klein of Phillies hits in 26 straight games More ...
1933 Yanks are shut out for first time after 308 games More ...
1933 The world-famous Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced. More ...
1943 Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. Patton was later ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to apologize.
1948 Whittaker Chambers, a former Communist, publicly accused former State Department official Alger Hiss of having been part of a Communist underground, a charge Hiss denied.
1949 Two basketball leagues merge to form the NBA More ...
1953 Frank Blair becomes news anchor of the Today Show More ...
1954 First VTOL (Vertical Take-off & Land) flown More ...
1955 Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing More ...
1957 "Teddy Bear" by Elvis Presley topped the charts More ...
1958 USS Nautilus begins 1st crossing of Arctic Ocean under icecap More ...
1958 James Robert Sordelet of Fort Wayne, IN, became the first person to reenlist in the U.S. Navy while under the North Pole! He did so while serving on the submarine "Nautilus" as it crossed under the Arctic ice.
1963 Allan Sherman releases "Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda" More ...
1963 Beatles final performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool More ...
1963 The Beach Boys’ "Surfer Girl" was released on Capitol Records More ...
1963 "So Much in Love" by the Tymes topped the charts More ...
1968 "Hello, I Love You" by the Doors topped the charts More ...
1970 4 day NFL strike ends More ...
1970 Mairiam Hargrave of Yorkshire, passes her driving test on 40th try
1971 Paul McCartney announces the formation of his group Wings More ...
1974 “Annie's Song" by John Denver topped the charts More ...
1975 Louisiana Superdome is dedicated More ...
1977 TRS-80 computer introduced by Radio Shack More ...
1979 Fastest jai-alai shot (188 mph), Jose Arieto at Newport Jai Alai, RI
1981 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike More ...
1983 John Sain of South Bend, Ind builds 12.9 foot house of cards
1985 "Shout" by Tears for Fears topped the charts More ...
1985 Mail service returned to Paradise Lakes, FL -- a nudist colony. Residents promised that they’d wear clothes or stay out of sight when the mailperson came to deliver.
1988 Skip Storch swims 153 miles of Hudson River from Albany to NYC More ...
1989 Fifth jockey to win 6,000 races (Jorge Valesquez)
1989 Rickey Henderson sets AL mark of 50 steals in 9 seasons More ...
1989 Cincinnati Reds send record 20 men to bat in the 1st inning More ...
1992 The Senate voted to sharply restrict - and eventually end - U.S. testing of nuclear weapons.
1996 "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" by Los Del Rio topped the charts More ...