1869 The Suez Canal opened.
1876 Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone.
1897 Dr. John Kellogg first served corn flakes to his patients at the Kellogg Sanitarium.
1917 The first jazz record was released! The Original Dixieland Band recorded the first jazz record for RCA Victor in Camden, New Jersey.
1936 Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty Of Versailles that ended World War I.
1960 About a month after walking off in the middle of a show because he was angry at NBC censors, Jack Paar returned to his Tonight Show hosting duties. He began his monologue with “As I was saying, before I was interrupted….”
1970 “Travelin’ Band” b/w “Who’ll Stop The Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
1975 The U.S. Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.
1976 Elton John becomes the first rock star since the Beatles to be immortalized at Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks Museum in London.
1985 David Crosby is sent back to jail in Dallas after leaving the drug treatment center at Fair Oaks Hospital in Summit, New Jersey.
1987 “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart.
1987 World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Mike Tyson added the World Boxing Association (WBA) title to his collection by beating James ”Bonecrusher“ Smith in a 12-round bout in Las Vegas.
1987 Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Carole King, Gerry Coffin, and Carole Bayer Sager are inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
1988 Cross-dressing actor Divine (Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray) dies at age 42.
1994 Erin Everly files a lawsuit in Los Angeles against her ex-husband, Guns N’ Roses vocalist W. Axl Rose, claiming he beat her up and threatened her during their brief marriage.
1994 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies that poke fun at an original work can be considered “fair use” and don’t require permission from the copyright holder.
2001 Hardliner Ariel Sharon took over as Israel’s prime minister, after defeating the Labor Party’s Ehud Barak in his re-election bid.