1836 – The City of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen.
1890 – President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection of meat products.
1901 – Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner.
1906 – NY HIghlander Joe Doyle debuts pitching back-to-back shut-outs.
1944 – Philip Yordan’s “Anna Lucasta” premieres in NYC.
1951 – US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact.
1954 – Hurricane Carol kills 68 on the US East Coast.
1957 – US Senator Strom Thurmond speaks 24 hours, 27 minutes against civil rights.
1961 – James Benton Parsons is confirmed as 1st African American judge of a US District Court.
1963 – Hotline communications link between the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Kremlin in Moscow installed. Often known as the “red telephone” no phones were ever used, relying instead on Teletype equipment, fax machines and most recently secure mail.
1967 – US Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as 1st black justice.
1979 – 1st recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun, releases energy equal to one million hydrogen bombs.
1983 – 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-launched (6 days)
1983 – Guion Bluford becomes 1st African American astronaut in space.
1987 – Ben Johnson of Canada runs 100m in world record 9.83 sec.
1991 – Dan O’Brien sets US decathalon record with 8,812 points.
1995 – Cable News Network (CNN) joins the internet.
1995 – Tigers teammates Lou Whitaker & Alan Trammel play in 1,914 games together tying AL record.
2017 – Hurricane Irma forms near Cape Verde Islands, will go on to become category 5 hurricane and kill at least 102.