1836...Narcissa Whitman arrives in Walla Walla,
and becomes the first white woman to settle west of the Rocky
fighters shoot down a Korean Airliner
killing 269 people. The plane accidently strays into
Soviet airspace but is shot down even when recognized by the
Soviets as a passenger airliner.
1998...A law comes into effect requiring all
cars and light trucks sold in the United States
to have airbags on both sides of the front seat.
1959...Henry Ford II introduces his company's 90-Horsepower, 30 mpg Ford
Falcon. It is an overnight success.
1969...The first automatic teller machine (ATM) is open for use at the Chemical Bank in Rockville Center,
2013...Diana Nyad, at 64 year of age, becomes the first person to
swim the 110 miles from
Florida without the use of a shark cage.
1783...Britain signs the Treaty of
Paris. The American Revolutionary War is over.
Britain now recognizes the thirteen former colonies as the
United States of America.
1935...Sir Malcolm Campbell breaks the 300 mph
auto land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats of
1939...Hitler invades Poland, and
France declare war on
Germany. Thus begins
1886...Geronimo becomes the last American Indian
Warrior to formally surrender to the United States.
Geronimo will convert to Christianity
and become a successful farmer.
1998...Google, the Internet
Search Engine, is co-founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The two are students at Stanford University in
1836...The Republic of Texas
is created. Sam Houston is elected President.
1958...Boris Pasternak's novel Dr. Zhivago is published in the
The book is hailed an instant classic and awarded the Nobel Prize.
1975...A secret service agent takes a 45 caliber gun from Squeaky Fromme.
She is is trying to shoot President Gerald Ford.
1781...Benedict Arnold, now fighting for the British,
orders the burning of New London,
He will become one of the infamous traitors in American history.
1901...A 28-yearold anarchist shoots and kills
President William McKinley
at the Pan-American exhibition in Buffalo,
lands the new Soviet MIG-25 in Japan and requests asylum in the
United States. The
plane proves much less advanced than expected.
1896...The first electric car race is held in
Cranston, Rhode Island.
The Riker Electric Motor Company wins it.
1953...Maureen Connolly, from
California, wins the Tennis US Open and
becomes the first woman to win the Grand Slam.
1977...President Jimmy Carter
signs a treaty that will give control of the Panama Canal
to Panama at the end of the 20th century.
Galveston Hurricane Damage
1664...New Amsterdam, the capital of New
Netherland, is surrendered to the British and renamed
New York, in honor of the Duke of York.
1810...The Pacific Fur Company Ship leaves
New York and six months later establishes the
town Astoria, Oregon.
1900...The deadliest hurricane in
United States history strikes Galveston,
Texas. Over 6,000 people, and perhaps as
many as 12,000 are estimated to have been killed. This is the deadliest natural disaster in
United States history.
replaces the term United Colonies with the new name of The United States of America.
California becomes the 31st state in the
United States of America.
1893...President Grover Cleveland's
wife Francis gives birth to a baby girl in the
White House. They name her Esther.
submarine approaches the West Coast of the
United States during WWII. A float plane from the
submarine takes off on the water. It flies over Oregon
and drops incendiary bombs in an
This is the only air attack on the mainland during WWII.
Captain Oliver Perry
1813...US Captain Oliver Perry and the
American Fleet win the
Battle of Lake Erie. This is the first
American victory against a
British Naval Squadron during the War of 1812.
1962...Ron Laver wins the US Open. He is the first man to win the
Grand Slam since 1938.
1977...Hamida Djondoubi, an emigrant convicted of murder, is executed in
France. He will be last person executed
by guillotine in France.