1892 – Charles Duryea takes the 1st American-made automobile for a test drive.
1906 – San Francisco earthquake ends killing 452.
1919 – Leslie Irvin makes first premeditated free-fall parachute jump.
1924 – “National Barn Dance” premieres on WLS, Chicago.
1927 – Actress Mae West found guilty of “obscenity and corrupting the morals of youth” in a New York stage play entitled “Sex”. She is sentenced to 10 days in prison and fined $500, the resulting publicity launches her Hollywood career.
1932 – President Herbert Hoover suggests a 5 day work week.
1944 – 1944 NFL Draft: Angelo Bertelli from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks.
1948 – American Broadcasting Company (ABC) TV network debuts.
1955 – The German automaker Volkswagen, after six years of selling cars in the United States, founded Volkswagen of America in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to standardize its dealer and service network.
1963 – Johnny Cash releases the single “Ring of Fire” written by his future wife June Carter and Merle Kilgore.
1967 – Beatles sign a contract to stay together for 10 years (they don’t)
1971 – Charles Manson sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Sharon Tate.
1982 – Guinon Bluford announced as 1st African American NASA astronaut.
1982 – Sally Ride is named the 1st American woman astronaut.
1991 – Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavyweight boxing title.
1995 – Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh sets a truck bomb at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 and injuring 500.
2011 – Fidel Castro resigns his position of First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba after 45 years of holding the title.
2017 – Fox News confirms they would be letting go of Bill O’Reilly after allegations of sexual harassment.
2018 – Senator Tammy Duckworth (Illinois-D) is the first parent to bring a baby into the Senate chambers, a day after the Senate votes to allow babies on the chamber’s floor.
2022 – US inflation hits 8.5%, the highest since 1981, driven by a rise in gas prices, rent and food.