On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1795: France adopts the metre as the basic measure of length.
 
On this Day in History in 1827: English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches.
 
On this Day in History in 1906: Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
 
On this Day in History in 1930: The first steel columns were set for the Empire State Building.

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1677: 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), Boston.
 
On this Day in History in 1789: 1st American novel, WH Brown’s “Power of Sympathy” is published.
 
On this Day in History in 1818: Keats writes his poem “On a Lock of Milton’s Hair”.
 
On this Day in History in 1827: Freedom Journal, 1st Black paper, begins publishing.
 
On this Day in History in 1846: 1st edition of Charles Dickens’ “Daily News”.
 
On this Day in History in 1890: 1st issue of Propria Cures, Amsterdam student-weekly newspaper.