- 1704 – The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, the News-Letter, is published in Boston, Massachusetts.
- 1800 – The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 USD to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress“.
- 1885 – American sharpshooter Annie Oakley was hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.
- 1913 – The Woolworth Building skyscraper in New York City is opened.
- 1922 – The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation.
- 1933 – Nazi Germany begins its persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses by shutting down the Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg.
- 1953 – Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
- 1957 – The BBC first broadcast The Sky at Night presented by Patrick Moore
- 1967 – Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.
- 1967 – Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland
says in a news conference that the enemy had “gained support in the
United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which
he cannot win militarily.”
- 1971 – Soyuz 10 docks with Salyut 1.
- 1990 – STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
- 2005 – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
- 2005 – Snuppy becomes world’s first cloned dog.
And now, today’s Headlines Du Jour:
THE END OF THE INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT:
Financial fast track to replace level competitive playing field