1853 – US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square miles from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico)
1898 – American troops dive Spanish forces from La Guasimas, Cuba.
1902 – Target Corporation is founded by American businessman George Dayton as Goodfellow Dry Goods in Minneapolis.
1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.
1922 – American Professional Football Association renamed the National Football League.
1930 – 1st radar detection of planes, Anacostia, Washington, D.C.
1939 – Pan Am’s first US to England flight.
1947 – Flying saucers sighted over Mount Ranier by pilot Ken Arnold.
1949 – “Hopalong Cassidy” becomes 1st network western (NBC)
1957 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment in Roth vs United States.
1964 – FTC rules health warnings must appear on all cigarette packages.
1972 – Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of US (US Air Force)
1975 – Eastern 727 crashes at JFK Airport in NY, kills 113.
1982 – US Supreme Court rules president can’t be sued for actions in office.
1986 – US Senate approves “tax reform”
1992 – NBA Draft: LSU center Shaquille O’Neal first pick by Orlando Magic.
2004 – Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York.
2017 – UN states Yemen cholera epidemic reached 200,000 cases with 1,300 deaths….Worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world.
2019 – US President Donald Trump imposes sanctions on Iran, targeted at Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenel in response to the shooting down of a US drone.
2020 – World Monetary fund predicts a deeper global recession with contraction of 4.9% (down from 3%), noting 2/3 of all countries used $11 trillion to support their economies.