1840 – Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated.
1856 – Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College.
1862 – Julia Howe publishes “Battle Hymn of Republic”
1865 – JS Rock, 1st black lawyer to practice in Supreme Court admitted to bar.
1884 – 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published.
1893 – Thomas Edison completes worlds 1st movie studio (West Orange, NJ)
1898 – 1st auto insurance policy in US issued, by Travelers Insurance Co.
1920 – 1st commercial armored car introduced (St. Paul, Minn)
1940 – NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York but General Electric relay antennas.
1949 – RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm).
1953 – “General Electric Theater” premieres on CBS-TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts.
1953 – “You Are There” with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television.
1957 – 1st black pilot (PH Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline.
1960 – 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro NC Woolworth.
1968 – Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president.
1976 – Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce.
1991 – US Air & SkyWest Fairchild jet collide at LA Airport killing 32.
2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
2014 – Ray Guy becomes the first pure punter to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.