1901 – First woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor)
1908 – Billy Murray hits the charts with “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”
1911 – Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.
1929 – “Black Thursday”, start of the stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%.
1939 – Benny Goodman records “Let’s Dance”
1940 – US Fair Labor Standards of 1938 comes into effect – minimum wage, 44 hour week.
1944 – US air raid on Japanese battleships and cruisers in Sibuya Sea: Musashi sinks & US aircraft carrier Princeton sinks at Philippines.
1947 – Series of forest fires burn over $30 million of timber across the New England States.
1954 – Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States’ support to South Vietnam.
1958 – USSR lends Egypt 400 million rubles to build Aswan Dam.
1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis: Soviet ships approach but stop short of the US blockade of Cuba.
1963 – Sandy Koufax is unanimous winner of Cy Young Award.
1976 – New York City Marathon; American Bill Rodgers wins his first title in 2:10:10; Miki Gorman takes women’s race in 2:39:11.
1987 – Robert Bork’s Supreme Court nomination rejected by US Senate.
1989 – American televangelist Jim Bakker is sentenced to 45 year in prison for fraud but the sentence is later reduced to eight years on appeal.
1996 – Last game at Atlanta County Fulton Stadium, Yanks win record 8th straight road postseason game.
2004 – 10 people including NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick and 4 family members are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway in Virginia: plane owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports.
2008 – “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
2018 – Pipe bombs sent to prominent US Democrats including the Obamas, Clintons, John Brennan and CNN, but safely defused.
2018 – Largest jackpot in US history at $1.6 billion won by one person in South Carolina.
2020 – Columbia records more than 1 million cases of COVID-19, the 8th globally and 3rd in Latin America.