1752 Benjamin Franklin tests his Lightening Rod for the first time. Did you know that Franklin’s invention was condemned by many early Christians as an insult to almighty god?
1797 The first Navy ship, the "United States" is launched
1823 the first steamboat ( The Virginia) navigates the Mississippi River and arrives at Fort Snelling
1869 The U.S. Pacific railroad was completed when it met the Central Pacific in Promontory Utah
1924 J.Edgar Hoover was appointed director of the FBI.. And as for the internet rumor as to whether Hoover was descended from African Americans let your mouse do the walking
1930 the first Planetarium opened in Chicago. The Adler.
1940 Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British PM
1961 "Beyond the Fringe" premieres in London
1969 The National and American Football League announcedplans to merge for the 1970-71 season.
1977 Joan Crawford actress (Mildred Pierce), dies at 69
1982 Music radio 77 WABC goes to an all talk format. Can youimagine which was the last song played? Hint, It was by Post Beatle John Lennon.
1983 "Laverne & Shirley" last airs on ABC-TV
1994 Nelson Mandela sworn in as first Black President of South Africa after spending 27 years in Prison.
1800 Sarah Worthington (King Peter) (philanthropist)
1840 Elizabeth Cady married Henry Brewster Stanton, omitting the word "obey" form the ceremony
1872 Madeline McDowell Breckinridge - Kentucky reformer and suffragist
1902 David O Selznick Pittsburgh PA, producer (Gone With the Wind)
1919 Ella Grasso First women elected State Governor
1929 Fats Domino rocker (Blueberry Hill)almost didn’t make it through Katrina
1944 Judith Jamison (dancer, choreographer)