1809 – 1st practical US railroad track (wooden, for horse-drawn), Philadelphia.
1849 – Benjamin Chambers patents breech loading cannon.
1864 – Ulysses S. Grant is named General of Volunteers.
1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat.
1912 – US government prohibits movies & photos of prize fights (censorship).
1922 – 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world’s 1st water skis (Minnesota).
1932 – George Washington quarter goes into circulation.
1948 – US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport), NY.
1953 – Department of Health, Education & Welfare created.
1966 – Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon’s anti-Jesus remark.
1970 – Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ends “Huntley-Brinkley Report”
1973 – Delta Airlines DC-9 crashes in fog at Logan Airport, Boston, killing all but one of 89 aboard. Lone survivor dies 6 months later.
1978 – Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44.
1983 – 38th US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Jan Stephenson.
1988 – Last Playboy Club closes in Lansing, Michigan.
1991 – Senate votes to allow women to fly combat aircraft.
1999 – Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector – NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface.
2002 – Polaroid Corporation is purchased by One Equity Partners, creating a new company that now operates under the Polaroid Corporation name, launching a new era for Polaroid.
2014 – The US agree to resupply arms to Israel – including rocket launchers, mortar rounds, grenades – despite condemnation of civilian casualties in Gaza.