1498 The master artist, Michelangelo, was commissioned to make the "Pieta" More ...
1660 John Milton’s books were burned in London, because of the author’s attacks on King Charles II More ...
1665 "Ye Bare & Ye Cubb" is first play performed in N America (Acomac, Va) More ...
1667 Earliest recorded hurricane in US (Jamestown Virginia)
1783 First hydrogen balloon flight (unmanned); reaches 2953 feet altitude More ...
1855 Clara Barton becomes the first female federal employee to achieve equal status More ...
1858 The first cabled news dispatch was sent to, and published by, "The New York Sun" newspaper. The story was about China meeting the peace demands of England and France
1859 The first commercial oil well was pumping out 20 barrels of crude oil a day at Titusville, PA More ...
1883 Krakatoa, west of Java, explodes with a force of 1,300 megatons More ...
1889 Charles G. Conn of Elkhart, IN patented the metal clarinet More ...
1889 Boxer Jack Dempsey was defeated for the first time More ...
1912 Tarzan was born, or rather, came to life on this day More ...
1913 Lt Peter Nestrov performs a loop in a monoplane at Kiev More ...
1921 J E Clair of Acme Packing Co of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise More ...
1927 Parks College, America's oldest aviation school, opens More ...
1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact, where 60 nations agree to outlaw war More ...
1932 John M. Miller, at the National Air Races did a perfect loop-the-loop in his autogyro More ...
1937 George E.T. Eyston sets world auto speed record at 345.49 MPH More ...
1939 Singer Allan Jones recorded "I’m Falling in Love with Someone" More ...
1939 Erich Warsitz makes first jet-propelled flight (in a Heinkel He-178) More ...
1940 Caproni-Campini CC-2, experimental jet plane, maiden flight (Milan) More ...
1945 US troops land in Japan after Japanese surrender More ...
1949 "Some Enchanted Evening" by Perry Como topped the charts More ...
1950 President Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike More ...
1955 Bill Haley & Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" tops billboards chart More ...
1959 First ship firing of a Polaris missile, Observation Island More ...
1960 "It's Now or Never" by Elvis Presley topped the charts More ...
1961 Francis the Talking Mule is the mystery guest on "What's My Line" More ...
1962 Mariner 2 launched; first probe to fly by Venus More ...
1966 "Summer in the City" by Lovin' Spoonful topped the charts More ...
1975 Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) complete tandem bicycle ride, a record 18,020 miles around the world
1977 Toby Harrah & Bump Wills hit back-to-back inside-the-park-homers off Yankee Ken Clay More ...
1977 "Best of My Love" by the Emotions topped the charts More ...
1978 Reds Joe Morgan is first to hit 200 HRs & have 500 stolen bases More ...
1981 Divers begin to recover a safe found aboard the Andrea Doria More ...
1982 Rickey Henderson steals 119th base of season breaks Lou Brock's mark More ...
1983 "Every Breath You Take" by The Police topped the charts More ...
1984 President Reagan announces the Teacher in Space project More ...
1985 20th Space Shuttle Mission - Discovery 6 launched More ...
1988 "Monkey" by George Michael topped the charts More ...
1994 "I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men topped the charts More ...
2003 Mars came within 34,646,437 miles of Earth More ...