585 BC - The first known prediction of a solar eclipse was made in
1085 - Alfonso VI took Toledo, Spain from the Moslems.
1787 - The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with
George Washington presiding.
1810 - Argentina declared independence from Napoleonic Spain.
1844 - The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry.
1844 - The first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD, appeared in the Baltimore "Patriot."
1895 - Oscar Wilde, a playwright, poet and novelist, was convicted of a morals
charge and sentenced to prison in London.
1895 - James P. Lee first published "Gold in America -- A Practical
1911 - President of Mexico, Porfolio Diaz, resigned his office.
1925 - John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory
1927 - Ford Motor Company announced that the Model A would replace the
1927 - The "Movietone News" was shown for the first time at the Sam
Harris Theatre in New York City.
1935 - Babe Ruth hit his final homerun, his 714th, and set a record
that would stand for 39 years.
1935 - Jesse Owens tied the world record for the 100-yard dash. He ran it in 9.4 seconds. He also broke three other world track records.
1946 - Jordan gained independence from Britain.
1953 - In Nevada, the first atomic cannon was fired.
1961 - America was asked by U.S. President Kennedy to work toward
putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
1963 - The Organization of African Unity was founded, in Addis
1968 - The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion
Memorial in St. Louis, MO, was dedicated.
1970 - Boeing Computer Services was founded.
1977 - "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" opened and became the largest grossing film to
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1977 - An opinion piece by Vietnam verteran Jan Scruggs appeared in "The Washington Post." The article called for a national memorial to "remind an ungrateful nation of what it has done to its sons" that had served in the Vietnam War.
1979 - An American Airlines DC-10 crashed during takeoff at Chicago's
O'Hare International Airport. 275 people were killed.
1981 - Daredevil Daniel Goodwin scaled Chicago's Sears Tower, while
wearing a "Spiderman" costume, in 7 1/2 hours.
1983 - "The Return of the Jedi" opened nationwide. It set a new
record in opening day box office sales. The gross was
1985 - Bangladesh was hit with a hurricane and tidal wave that
killed more than 11,000 people.
1986 - Approximately 7 million Americans participated in "Hands
1989 - The Calgary Flames won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens.
1992 - Jay Leno debuted as the new permanent host of NBC's "Tonight Show."
1996 - In Nimes, France, Christina Sanchez became the first woman to achieve the rank of matadore in Europe.
1997 - In Sierra Leone a military coup overthrew the popularly elected President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. He was replaced with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.
1997 - U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond became the longest-serving senator in U.S. history (41 years and 10 months).
1997 - Poland adopted a constitution that removed all traces of communism.
1999 - A report by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China concluded that China had "stolen design information on the U.S. most-advanced thermonuclear weapons" and that China's penetration of U.S. weapons laboratories "spans at least the past several decades and almost certainly continues today."
2000 - The Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Inc. signed a long-term deal that ended a dispute over the airing policies of Time Warner. Time Warner had blacked out Disney programs for a 39 hour period the previous month due to the lack of an agreement.
2001 - Erik Weihenmayer, 32, of Golden, CO, became the first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
2001 - Sherman Bull, 64, of New Canaan, CT, became the oldest climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
2006 - In Houston, former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skillinng were convicted of conspiracy and fraud for the downfall of Enron.
2008 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander landed in the arctic plains of Mars.
2009 - North Korea announced that it had conducted a second successful nuclear test in the province of North Hamgyong. The United Nations Security Council condemned the reported test.