1808 – Judge Jesse Fell experimented by burning anthracite coal to keep his house warm. He successfully showed how clean the coal burned and how cheaply it could be used as a heating fuel.
1847 Thomas Alva Edison , inventor and businessman was born. His inventions included the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.
1929 – The Lateran Treaty was signed. Italy now recognized the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.
1937 – General Motors agreed to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union, which ended the current sit-down strike against them.
1943 – General Dwight David Eisenhower was selected to command the allied armies in Europe.
1957 – The NHL Players Association was formed in New York City.
1960 – Jack Paar walked off while live on the air on the “Tonight Show” with four minutes left. He did this in response to censors cutting out a joke from the show the night before.
1963 – The Beatles recorded “Twist & Shout” and “I Saw Her Standing There”.
1964 – The Beatles played their first U.S. concert at the Coliseum in Washington, DC. (Image: 961theeagle.com)
1967 – The Monkees announced that they would be playing all the instruments on all future recordings.
1970 – The film “”The Magic Christian,” featuring Ringo Starr debuted in New York City.
1975 – Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party.
1990 – Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.
2002 – The six stars on NBC’s “Friends” signed a deal for $24 million each for the ninth and final season of the series