1664 – Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island.
1832 – Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio.
1883 – 1st telephone call between New York & Chicago.
1900 – New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground “Rapid Transit Railroad” that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
1920 – 1st US coast guard air station established (Morehead City, NC).
1935 – Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour goes national on NBC Radio Network.
1941 – Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox.
1947 – Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency.
1947 – John D. Rockefeller, Jr. donates NYC East River site to the UN.
1955 – 1st seagoing oil drill rig placed in service.
1958 – Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)
1961 – NY Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows.
1968 – Mickey Wright wins Port Malabar Golf Invitational.
1974 – 38th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: NC State beats Marquette 76-64.
1981 – “Nighttime with Ted Koppel” premieres on ABC.
1989 – Worst US oil spill, Exxon’s Valdez spills 11.3 million gallons off Alaska.
1998 – Jonesboro massacre: Two students, ages 11 and 13, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are dead and ten are wounded.
2002 – 74th Academy Awards: “A Beautiful Mind”, Denzel Washington & Halle Berry (first woman of color) win.
2017 – US President Donald Trump and Republican party forced to pull their attempt to repeal Obamacare after internal opposition.Share: