1783 – Annapolis, Maryland, becomes US capital (until June 1784).
1889 – Debut of 1st jukebox (Palais Royale Saloon, San Francisco)
1897 – Pencil sharpener patented by J L Love.
1909 – Wright Brothers form million dollar corporation to manufacture airplanes.
1921 – US President Warren G. Harding signs Willis Campbell Act (anti-beer bill) forbidding doctors prescribing beer or liquor for medicinal purposes.
1923 – Cecil B. DeMille’s final version of “The Ten Commandments” premieres in the USA.
1936 – 1st issue of Life picture magazine created by Henry R Luce published.
1942 – US Coast Guard Woman’s Auxillary (SPARS) authorized.
1945 – Most US wartime rationing of foods, including meat & butter, ends.
1954 – For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the peak it reached just before the 1929 crash.
1960 – Tiros 2, a weather satellite is launched.”
1963 – JFK’s body lies in repose in the East Room of the White House.
1970 – George Harrison releases “My Sweet Lord” single in the US.
1977 – European weather satellite Meteosat 1 launched from Cape Canaveral.
1984 – Boston College QB Doug Flutie passes (472 yards), including game ending 48 yard TV (Hail Mary Pass) to end game & beat Miami 47-45.
1991 – Sacramento Kings ends NBA’s longest road losing streak at 43 games.
1992 – 10,000,000 cellular telephones sold.
2007 – MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sank in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands.
2014 – Republicans condemn US President Obama’s use of executive powers to force through immigration reform.
2020 – AstraZeneca is the third drugmaker to report an effective vaccine for COVID-19 (63% or 90% effective depending on how it is given) and easy-to make and distribute.