1794, The first session of the United States Senate was open to the public.
1809Robert Fulton patented the steamboat.
1847, Inventor Thomas Alva Edison is born. He dies in 1931.
1858, The blessed Virgin Mary Of Lourdes is said to have appeared for the first time to Saint Bernadette.
1916, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presented its first concert. The symphony was the first by a municipal orchestra to be supported by taxes.
1919, Actress Eva Gabor (GigiGreen Acres) is born. She dies in 1995.
1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed with Italy, recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.
1935, Gene Vincent (“Be-Bop-A-Lula”) is born. He dies in 1971.
1936, Actor Burt Reynolds was born. He dies in 2018.
1937, a sit-down strike against General Motors ended, with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.
1958Ruth Carol Taylor was the first black woman to become a flight attendant, making her initial flight on Mohawk Airlines from Ithaca, New York, to New York City.
1960Tonight Show host Jack Paar walked off during a show, angry over being censored for a joke using the term “water closet.” Sidekick Hugh Downs filled in. When Parr returned a few weeks later, his first line was: “As I was saying before I was interrupted.”
1963, The Beatles record 10 songs for their debut album Please Please Me in one nine-hour-and-45-minute session at Abbey Road studios in London.
1963, Author Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar) dies at age 30.
1964, The Beatles play their first U.S. concert, which takes place at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C. Also on the bill are Tommy Roe, the Chiffons, and theCarvelles.
1972, David Bowie plays a concert in England backed by guitarist Mick Ronson, bass player Trevor Bolder, and drummer Mick Woodmansey. The group is billed for the first time as the Spiders From Mars, and Bowie unveils his Ziggy Stardust persona.
1979, followers of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah and seized power in Iran, nine days after the religious leader returned to his home country following 15 years of exile.
1990Buster Douglas scored one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, knocking out Mike Tyson in the 10th round to win the heavyweight championship at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.
1990, South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison. Mandela assumed the forefront of the African black struggle after his release from prison.
1993, President Bill Clinton announced Miami prosecutor Janet Reno as his choice to be the nation’s first female attorney general.
2013, Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation making him the first pope to resign since 1415.

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