1785 – In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health.
1802 – John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress.
1845 – Edgar Allen Poe’s “Raven” 1st published (NYC)
1848 – Greenwich Mean Time adopted in Scotland.
1861 – Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.
1924 – R. Taylor patented the ice cream cone rolling machine.
1936 – The first members of major league baseball’s Hall of Fame were named in Cooperstown, NY.
1948 – Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, & Phillies $500 each for signing high school players.
1949 – “The Newport News” was commissioned as the first air-conditioned naval ship in Virginia.
1954 – Oprah Winfrey was born on his date.
1962 – Warner Bros. Records sign Peter, Paul & Mary.
1963 – The first members of the NFL’s Hall of Fame were named in Canton, OH.
1966 – “Sweet Charity” opened at the Palace Theater in New York City. It ran for 608 performances.
1969 – The “Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” debuted on CBS-TV.
1979 – US President Jimmy Carter commuted Patricia Hearst’s 7 year sentence to 2 years.
1982 – Wayne Garland, baseball 1st millionaire free agent, waived by Indians.
1985 – The Dow Jones Industrial average peaked at 1,292.62.
1990 – Joseph Hazelwood, the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, went on trial in Anchorage, AL, on charges that stemmed from America’s worst oil spill. Hazelwood was later acquitted of all major charges and was convicted of a misdemeanor.
1996 – Garth Brooks refused to accept his American Music Awards for Favorite Overall Artist. Brooks said the Hootie and the Blowfish had done more for music that year than he had.
1997 – American Online agreed to give refunds to frustrated customers under threat of lawsuits across the country. Customers were unable to log on after AOL offered a flat $19.95-a-month rate.
1999 – The U.S. Senate delivered subpoenas for Monica Lewinsky and two presidential advisers for private, videotaped testimony in the impeachment trial.
2006 – US 39 -cent stamp is released featuring Hattie McDaniel in the dress she wore in 1940 when she became the 1st African-American actress to accept an Academy Award.Share: