1832 – The first streetcar went into operation in New York City, New York. The vehicle was horse-drawn and had room for 30 people.
1851 – Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick” was first published in the U.S.
1881 – Charles J. Guiteau’s trial began for the assassination of U.S. President Garfield. Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year.
1889 – New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began an attempt to surpass the fictitious journey of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg by traveling around the world in fewer than 80 days. Bly succeeded by finishing the journey the following January in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes. (Image: steam)
1940 – During World War II, German war planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry when about 500 Luftwaffe bombers attacked.
1956 – The USSR crushed the Hungarian uprising.
1968 – Yale University announced it was going co-educational.
1961 – The Elvis Presley film “Blue Hawaii” premiered.
1972 – Blue Ribbon Sports became Nike.
1973 – Britain’s Princess Anne married a commoner, Capt. Mark Phillips, in Westminster Abbey. They divorced in 1992, and Princess Anne has since re-married.