1792 – French revolutionaries took the entire French royal family and imprisoned them.
1889 – A patent for a coin-operated telephone was issued to William Gray.
1932 – Adolf Hitler refused to take the post of vice-chancellor of Germany. He said he was going to hold out “for all or nothing”.
1934 – Al Capp’s comic strip “L’il Abner” made its debut in newspapers.
1942 – Henry Ford unveiled his “Soybean Car”. It was a plastic-bodied car that weighed about 1,000 lbs. less than a steel car.
1942 – Walt Disney’s “Bambi” opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Image: IMDb)
1960 – “Echo I”, a balloon satellite, allowed the first two-way telephone conversation by satellite to take place.
1961 – Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence to halt the flight of refugees. Two days later work on the Berlin Wall began.
1965 – The Beatles album “Help!” was released in North America.
1967 – The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to allow Joan Baez to perform at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, because of her opposition to the Vietnam War. Baez responded with a performance at a free concert at the base of the Washington Monument.
1985 – The engagement of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger was announced.