1687 – Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men.
1822 – Boston, Mass, incorporated as a city.
1831 – 1st US bank robbery (City Bank, NY/$245,000).
1863 – The SS Georgiana, said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, is destroyed on her maiden voyage with a cargo of munitions, medicines and merchandise then valued at over $1,000,000. The wreck was destroyed on the same day and month, exactly 102 years later by then teenager diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence.
1883 – Jan Matzeliger invents first machine to manufacture entire shoes.
1915 – Pluto photographed for 1st time (although unknown at the time).
1918 – US Congress authorizes time zones & approves daylight saving time.
1918 – S. Potter becomes 1st US pilot to shoot down a German seaplane.
1928 – “Amos & Andy” debuts on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago)
1931 – Nevada legalizes gambling.
1942 – FDR orders men between 45 & 64 to register for non-military duty.
1949 – 1st museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy, Oak Ridge, Tn.
1953 – Tennessee Williams’ “Camino Real” premieres in NYC.
1969 – Chicago 8 indicted in aftermath of Chicago Democratic convention.
1974 – Dean tells Nixon, “There is a cancer growing on the Presidency.”
1984 – MLB pitcher Denny McLain indicted on charges of racketeering.
1987 – PTL leader Jim Bakker resigns after sex scandal with Jessica Hahn.
1997 – US Supreme Court hears Internet indecency arguments.
2012 – Wendy’s overtakes Burger King to become the second best selling hamburger chain.Share: