1804 – The United States’ first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton (subject of the musical “Hamilton”), was killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel.
1946 – Dean Martin recorded his first four songs.
1962 – The first transatlantic TV transmission was sent through the Telstar I satellite.
1967 – Kenny Rogers formed The First Edition. Rogers had left the New Christy Minstrels.
1977 – The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a White House ceremony.
1979 – The abandoned U.S. space station Skylab returned to Earth. It burned up in the atmosphere and showered debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia. (Image Courtesy of wikipedia.org)
1985 – Dr. H. Harlan Stone announced that he had used zippers for stitches on 28 patients. The zippers were used when he thought he may have to re-operate.
1985 – Nolan Ryan (of the Houston Astros) became the first major league pitcher to earn 4,000 strikeouts in a career.
2008 – Apple released the iPhone 3G.