1618 – English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I of England.
1811 – 1st Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans.
1833 – 1st US college fraternity to have a fraternity house founded.
1872 – J.S. Risdon patents metal windmill.
1904 – First intercity trucking service (Colorado City & Snyder, Texas)
1929 – “Black Tuesday” Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the “Great Depression”
1940 – Lottery for 1st US WWII draftees held: #158 drawn 1st.
1945 – First ballpoint pen goes on sale, manufactured by Biro.
1953 – A Baltimore group purchases St. Louis Browns.
1958 – Dr. F. Mason Sones is first doctor to perform a coronary angiogram.
1960 – Chartered C46 carrying Cal State’s football team crashes, kills 16.
1969 – Supreme Court orders end to all school desegregation “at once”
1969 – Tom Seaver voted NL Cy Young Award.
1982 – Car maker John DeLorean indicted for drug trafficking, later acquitted.
1988 – 2,000 US anti-abortion protesters arrested for blocking clinics.
1993 – Dow Jones index reaches record 3687.86.
1998 – Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77 year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.
2012 -Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in New Jersey resulting in 110 deaths and $50 billion in damage and forces the New York stock exchange to close.
2015 – Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) is elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives, succeeding John Boehner (R-Ohio)Share: