Today in History
951 – Paris is founded
1497 – Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage, which leads him to become first European to reach India by sea.
1693 – The City of New York authorizes the first police uniforms in American colonies
1835 – The Liberty Bell cracked for the second time, while ringing after the death of Chief Justice John Marshall.
1836 – HMS Beagle carrying Charles Darwin reaches Saint Helena. Darwin’s almost five year voyage on the Beagle established his position as a respected naturalist and geologist. He stayed on the volcanic island of Saint Helena for six days as his last stop before returning to Great Britain.
1889 – Wall Street Journal is first published by the Dow Jones & Company. The company originally hand-delivered bulletins to traders at the stock exchange, which they later printed in a daily summary. Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser converted the summary into the Wall Street Journal.
1947 – Demolition begins for the United Nations Headquarters in Turtle Bay along the East River
1990 – At 12:34:56 on 7/8/90, the time and date read: 1234567890
1839 – John D Rockefeller, capitalist and founder of Standard Oil
1908 – Nelson A Rockefeller, Governor of New York and forty-first Vice President
810 – Pepin, son of Charlemagne, King of the Franks and of Italy and the first emperor since the fall of the Western Roman Empire, dies
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