1813 – The first defeat of British naval squadron occurred in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The leader of the U.S. fleet sent the famous message “We have met the enemy, and they are ours” to U.S. General William Henry Harrison.
1846 – Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine.
1847 – The first theatre opened in Hawaii.
1897 – British police arrested George Smith for drunken driving with the first DWI charge.
1913 – The Lincoln Highway opened. It was the first paved coast-to-coast highway in the U.S.
1921 – The Ayus Autobahn in Germany opened near Berlin. The road is known for its nonexistent speed limit.
1939 – Canada declared war on Germany.
1940 – In Britain, Buckingham Palace was hit by German bomb.
1942 – U.S President Franklin Roosevelt mandated gasoline rationing as part of the U.S wartime effort.
1953 – Swanson began selling its first “TV dinner”. (Image:Ghost of the Doll)
1955 – “Gunsmoke” premiered on CBS.
1955 – Bert Parks began a 25-year career as host of the “Miss America Pageant” on NBC.
1963 – Twenty black students entered public schools in Alabama at the end of a standoff between federal authorities and Alabama governor George C. Wallace.