1815 - The state of New Jersey issued the first American railroad charter to John Stevens.
1926 - The National Football League adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college class graduated.
1943 - Frank Sinatra made his debut as vocalist on radio's "Your Hit Parade."
1959 - The U.S., for the first time, successfully test-fired a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.
1971 - NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon.
1985 - The French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted its first new product in 123 years. The new items were water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange.