1457 The Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book
1630 Gambling was prohibited in Boston . Here a history of the topic in the US. It continues to be an issue in Massachusetts.
1638 Religious dissident Anne Hutchinson expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony
1733 Joseph Priestly invents carbonated water making him the father of Soda Pop.
1822 New York Horticultural Society is founded
1874 Young Men's Hebrew Association is founded in New York NY. Based on the YMCA.
1882 the Edmunds act was adopted outlawing polygamy in the territories. Now you’re ready for Big Love on HBO.
1894 the first Stanley Cup championship
1903 Niagera Falls runs out of water because of a drought
1922 British court sentences Mahatma Gandhi to 6 years in prison. He only served 3.
1933 FDR makes wine & beer with up to 3.2% alcohol legal. Prohibition is about to end.
1935 Blood tests authorized as evidence in court cases in New York AKA Serology.
1941 Grand Coulee dam is dedicated.
1946 Jordan (then transJordan) gains independence from Britain .
1954 first enclosed shopping mall opened in Southfield MI.. The earliest goes back to 1922 in MO.
1972 Congress sent the proposed ERA amendment to the states.
1978 73 year old Karl Wallenda ( the Flying Wallendas) fell to his death while walking a cable between two hotels in San Juan .
1981 first class postage was raised from 15 to 18 cents.
1982 Iran begins offensive against Iraq called "undeniable victory." For Iran, Mission Accomplished was March 19th2003. Or so we were told.
1984 Teachers are indicted at the McMartin Pre-School. Paranoia is contagious.
1986 Dick Clark announces he would no longer hostAmerican Bandstand.
1997 Tara Lipinski won gold medal at women's figure skating championships over expected winner Michelle Kwan
1862 Laura Jean Libbey wrote sensational dime novels for women.
1883 Jessie Ethel Sampter zionist educator and poet
1892 Grace Longwell Coyle sociologist and head of National Conference of Social workers.
1908 Louis D L'Amour, Popular writer of western fiction.
1923 Mime Marcel Marceau Without saying a word, let your fingers do the walking
1931 Stephen Sondheim musical composer