On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1904: US Congress authorizes Lewis & Clark Expo $1 gold coin.
 
On this Day in History in 837: Best view of Halley’s Comet in 2000 years.
 
On this Day in History in 1970: Apollo 13 announces “Houston, we’ve got a problem!” as Beech-built oxygen tank explodes en route to Moon.

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1905: French Dufaux brothers test helicopter.
 
On this Day in History in 1896: Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens).
 
On this Day in History in 1892: George C Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter.
 
On this Day in History in 1877: Catcher’s mask 1st used in a baseball game.
 
On this Day in History in 1961: Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin became first man to orbit the Earth.

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1881: Spelman College founded.
 
On this Day in History in 1965: 40 tornadoes strike US midwest killing 272 & injuring 5,000.
 
On this Day in History in 1775: The last execution for witchcraft in Germany takes place.
 
On this Day in History in 1940: Andrew Ponzi set a world’s record in a New York pocket billiards tournament when he ran 127 balls straight.

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 837: Comet 1P/837 F1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0334 AUs of Earth.
 
On this Day in History in 1710: The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain.
 
On this Day in History in 1930: The first synthetic rubber was produced.

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 1869: 1st plastic, Celluloid, patented.
 
On this Day in History in 1722: Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, ends tax on men with beards.
 
On this Day in History in 1889: George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for 1st time.
 
On this Day in History in 1896: The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1722: Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island.
 
On this Day in History in 1974: World Trade Center, then the world’s tallest building, opens in New York at 110 stories.
 
On this Day in History in 1971: Fran Phipps is 1st woman to reach North Pole.
 
On this Day in History in 1933: The first operation to remove a lung was performed at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1841: Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison.
 
On this Day in History in 1818: Congress decides on the US flag: 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars.
 
On this Day in History in 1958: 1st march against nuclear weapons in Aldermaston, England.
 
On this Day in History in 1986: Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record with his 213th point of the season.

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1882: Wood block alarm invented, when alarm rang, it dropped 20 wood blocks.
 
On this Day in History in 1790: Revenue Marine Service (US Coast Guard) created.
 
On this Day in History in 1910: The highest mountain in North America, Alaska’s Mt McKinley climbed.

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 239 B.C.E.: 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.
 
On this Day in History in 1964: “Jeopardy” debuted on NBC-TV.
 
On this Day in History in 1867: US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre – Seward’s Folly).