1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed in the American colony, allowing freedom of worship for Christians but sentencing to death anyone who rejected the divinity of Jesus.
1789 – John Adams sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before Washington)
1974 – New York City formally declares coast of Ellis Island publicly owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British.
1855 – 1st train crosses Mississippi River’s 1st bridge, from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa.
1878 – First Lady Lucy Hayes begins egg rolling contest on White House lawn.
1914 – US marines occupy Vera Cruz, a major Mexican port; they will stay for 6 months.
1930 – Fire at Ohio State Penitentiary kills 322.
1945 – US 7th Army reaches Nuremberg.
1952 – Secretaries’ Day (now Administrative Professionals’ Day) is first celebrated.
1954 – USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam.
1962 – Century 21 Exposition opens in Seattle, Washington.
1965 – New York World’s Fair reopens for 2nd and final season.
1972 – John Young & Charles Duke explores Moon (Apollo 16)
1976 – Swine Flu vaccine, for non-epidemic, enters testing.
1981 – US furnishes $1 billion in arms to Saudi-Arabia.
1982 – Dr. Michael E. Bakey performs 1st successful heart implant.
1986 – Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone’s vault on TV & finds nothing.
1987 – Dow Jones Averages soared 664.7; 2nd biggest one-day gain in history.
1992 – Mobil Oil tug with 12,000 gallons of oil run aground in Arthur Kill (a tidal strait separating Staten Island, New York City from mainland New Jersey, USA)
2008 – The United States Air Force retires the F-117 Nighthawk.
2016 – US President Barack Obama begins a 4 day visit to the UK with Michelle Obama.Share: