1792 – 1st cremation in US: Henry Laurens.
1863 – Abraham Lincoln issues his Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of the South.
1886 – American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers elected AFL president.
1913 – Construction starts on Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
1923 – German-US friendship treaty signed.
1931 – Coaxial cable patented.
1941 – US and Britain declare war on Japan, US enters World War II.
1941 – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers “Day of Infamy” speech to US Congress a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
1946 – US Army rocket plane XS-1 makes first powered flight.
1952 – 1st TV acknowledgment of pregnancy (I Love Lucy)
1956 – 1st testing of Vanguard satellite program, TV-O.
1963 – Frank Sinatra, Jr. is kidnapped.
1966 – US and USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space.
1972 – United Airlines crashes at Chicago’s Midway Airport killing 45.
1982 – Norman Mayer holds Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons….He is killed by police after 10 hours (he had no explosives)
1987 – US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles.
1993 – Dow Jones hits record 3734.53.
2010 – With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
2018 – US President Donald Trump announces John Kelly will be stepping down as White House Chief of Staff at the end of the year.Share: