1778 – English navigator Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands, which he called the “Sandwich Islands”.
1896 – The x-ray machine was exhibited for the first time.
1911 – For the first time an aircraft landed on a ship. Pilot Eugene B. Ely flew onto the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco harbor.
1943 – During World War II, the Soviets announced that they had broken the Nazi siege of Leningrad, which had began in September of 1941.
1943 – U.S. commercial bakers stopped selling sliced bread. Only whole loaves were sold during the ban until the end of World War II.
1957 – The first, non-stop, around-the-world, jet flight came to an end at Riverside, California. The plane was refueled in mid-flight by huge aerial tankers.
1958 – Willie O’Ree made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins. He was the first black player to enter the league.
1969 – Pete Best won his defamation suit against the Beatles. He was asking for 8 million dollars, but won considerably less.
1975 – “The Jeffersons” debuted on CBS-TV. (Image: tvguide.com)
1993 – The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 U.S, states for the first time.
1995 – The “yahoo.com” domain was created.
1996 – Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson.