1781—Articles of Confederation ratified by 13th state, Maryland.
1790—Lifeboat 1st tested at sea, by Mr. Greathead, the inventor.
1798—Rep. Mathew Lyon (VT) spits in face of Rep. Roger Griswold (CT) in US House of Representatives, after an argument.
1800—US population: 5,308,483: African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%)
1835—Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, DC in 1st attempted assassination of a US President.
1847—Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco.
1862—USS Monitor, the US Navy’s1st ironclad warship launched.
1911—1st rescue of an air passenger by a ship, near Havana, Cuba.
1928—1st radio telephone connection Netherlands & US.
1933—“Lone Ranger” begins a 21 year run on ABC radio.
1939—Hitler threatens the Jews during his speech to the German Reichstag (parliament)
1946—1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime.
1952—Korean War truce talks deadlock.
1960—CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
1961—Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC.
1965—“The Name Game” by Shirley Ellis hits #3.
1968—Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, “Honey”
1971—UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak.
1973—Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts.
1978—Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio.
1983—Super Bowl XVII: Washington Redskins beat Miami Dolphins 27-17 in Pasedena Super Bowl MVP: John Riggins, Washington, Running Back.
1995—Kevin Eubanks officially becomes band leader of “Tonight Show”
2003—Richard Reid sentenced to life in prison for attempting to bomb an American Airlines flight with 197 aboard.Share: