Samuel Cole opens the first tavern in Boston.
1791 – First US internal revenue act, which taxed distilled spirits and carriages.
1803 – First impeachment trial of a federal judge, John Pickering, begins. He was officially the first judge to be impeached in 1804 on the grounds of drunkenness and unlawful rulings.
1845 – Florida became the 27th U.S. state.
1855 – US Congress approves $30,000 to test camels for military use. Although the camels, hoofing it for the United States Camel Corps, were effective traveling animals in the Southwest, the experiment was abandoned and the camels were sold at auction in 1864.
Because 20 cent coins were only in circulation for 3 years starting in 1875,
their rarity today is valued anywhere from $200-$2,000,
depending upon the quality and usage.
1863 – Abraham Lincoln approves charter for National Academy of Sciences.
1875 – The U.S. Congress authorized the 20-cent piece.
1885 – The American Telephone and Telegraph, otherwise known as AT&T, was incorporated in New York.
1887 – Anne Sullivan begins teaching six-year old blind-deaf Helen Keller.
1923 – The first issue of Time magazine was published. Although the 32 page magazine was without its famous red border, the topics were still of the week’s news. It included a story of the first helicopter, a potential change of divorce laws and the cover story was about former House Speaker Joseph G. Cannon, known as one of the most dominant House Speaker’s in US history.
1989 – Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 years probation for Iran-Contra, a political scandal while Ronald Reagan was president.
1992 – President George H.W. Bush apologizes for raising taxes, despite pledging against it.
2013 – A two-year old girl becomes the first child born with HIV to be cured.
1747 – Kasamir Pulaski, US general (Revolutionary War)
1831 – George M Pullman, inventor (railway sleeping car)
1838 – George William Hill, US astronomer (calculated Moon’s orbit)
1847 – Alexander Graham Bell, Edinburgh Scotland, inventor (telephone)
1918 – Arnold Newman, photographer
1936 – Jim Clark, Formula 1 racer (1963 champ)
edited by Jonathan Perelman