1307—William Tell reputedly shoots apple off his son’s head.
1755—Worst quake in Mass Bay area strikes Boston; no deaths reported.
1805—30 women meet at Mrs. Silas Lee’s home in Wiscasset, Maine, organizes Female Charitable Society, first woman’s club in America.
1865—Mark Twain publishes “Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”
1894—1st newspaper Sunday color comic section published (NY World)
1902—Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michton names teddy bear after US President Teddy Roosevelt.
1913—Lincoln Deachey performs first airplane loop-the-loop (San Diego)
1928—Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse appears in NY in “Steamboat Willie”
1932—“Flowers & Trees” receives 1st Academy Award for a cartoon.
1949—NL batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson wins NL MVP.
1959—“Ben-Hur” directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Best Picture 1960).
1963—Bell telephone introduces push button telephone.
1966—Sandy Koufax announces his retirement due to arthritic left elbow.
1970—Linus Pauling declares large doses of Vitamin C could ward off colds.
1975—Calvin Murphy (Houston) ends NBA free throw streak of 58 games.
1984—“3 Musketeers” closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 9 performances.
1990—“Fiddler on the Roof” opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 241 performances.
1993—NAFTA passes US House of Representatives.
1997—Arizona Diamondbacks & Tampa Bay Devil Rays expansion draft.
2001—Phillips Petroleum and Conoco merge into a new company as ‘ConocoPhillips’, the third-largest oil and natural gas company in the US.
2012—39th American Music Awards: Katy Perry & Justin Bieber win.