1849 – Walter Hunt patented the safety pin. He sold the rights for $100.
1866 – The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was incorporated. (Image: NSPCA)
1912 – The Titanic set sail from Southampton, England.
1916 – The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) held its first championship tournament.
1930 – The first synthetic rubber was produced.
1941 – Ford Motor Co. became the last major automaker to recognize the United Auto Workers as the representative for its workers.
1953 – Eddie Fisher was discharged from the Army and arrived home to a check of $330,000 for record royalties for the 7 million records that were sold while he was enlisted.
1960 – The U.S. Senate passed the Civil Rights Bill.
1963 – 129 people died when the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher failed to surface off Cape Cod, Maine.
1967 – The song “Somethin’ Stupid” became the first father-daughter song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart. The song was performed by Nancy and Frank Sinatra.
1971 – John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” hit the charts. It was his first appearance on the charts.
1972 – Isaac Hayes won an Oscar for the Best Music, Original Song award for the song “Shaft”.
2000 – Ken Griffey Jr. became the youngest player in baseball history to reach 400 home runs. He was 30 years, 141 days old.