1838—Fire destroys half of Charleston, SC.
1865—Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) is chartered.
1865—Steamboat “SS Sultana” explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Most were paroled Union POWS on their way home.
1877—President Hayes removes Federal troops from LA, Reconstruction ends.
1903—Long Island’s Jamaica Race Track opens.
1911—Following the resignation and death of William P. Frye, a compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore (for the time being) of the United States Senate.
1931—100 degrees, Pahala, Hawaii (state record)
1942—Tornado destroys Pryor, Oklahoma killing 100, injuring 300.
1956—Heavyweight champ, Rocky Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing.
1961—NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
1965—RC Duncan patents “Pampers” disposable diapers.
1968—Baltimore Orioles Tom Phoebus no-hits Boston, 6-0.
1972—NYC Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported.
1979—George Harrison releases “Love Comes to Everyone”
1982—Trial of John W. Hinckley,Jr. attempted assassin of President Reagan, begins.
1983—Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king (3,509), passing Walter Johnson.
1994—President Richard Nixon buried in Nixon Library in California.
2006—Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.
2011—US President Barack Obama, coerced by incessant false “birther” accusations, publicly releases a copy of his birth certificate.Share: