1812 – Moscow was set on fire by Russians after Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops invaded.
1814 – Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to the “Star-Spangled Banner”. The song became the official U.S. national anthem on March 3, 1931.
1866 – George K. Anderson patented the typewriter ribbon.
1901 – U.S. President William McKinley died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, at age 42, succeeded him.
1915 – Carl G. Muench received a patent for Insulit, the first sound-absorbing material to be used in buildings.
1960 – The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded. The core members were Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.
1965 – “My Mother The Car” premiered on NBC TV with Jerry Van Dyke. The series was canceled after only a few weeks after the debut.
1968 – “The Archies” premiered on CBS. The cartoon was based on the comic book series.
1972 – “The Waltons” premiered on CBS-TV.
1978 – “Mork & Mindy” with Robin Williams and Pam Dawber premiered on ABC-TV. (Image: pinterest.com)
1994 – It was announced that the season was over for the National Baseball League on the 34th day of the players strike. The final days of the regular season were canceled.
1999 – Disney World closed down for the first time in its 28-year history. The closure was due to Hurricane Floyd heading for Florida.