1918 – Regular airmail service between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, began under the direction of the Post Office Department, which later became the U.S. Postal Service.
1926 – The New York Rangers were officially granted a franchise in the NHL. The NHL also announced that Chicago and Detroit would be joining the league in November.
1930 – Ellen Church became the first female flight attendant.
1940 – Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S.
1941 – Joe DiMaggio began his historic major league baseball hitting streak of 56 games.
1942 – Gasoline rationing began in the U.S. The limit was 3 gallons a week for nonessential vehicles.
1948 – Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon only hours after declaring its independence.
1957 – Britain dropped its first hydrogen bomb on Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean.
1958 – Sputnik III, the first space laboratory, was launched in the Soviet Union.
1963 – The last Project Mercury space flight, piloted by Gordon Cooper, was launched.
1964 – The Smothers Brothers, Dick and Tom, gave their first concert in Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Image: Wikipedia)
1990 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Portrait of Doctor Gachet” was sold for $82.5 million. The sale set a new world record.
1997 – The Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to deliver urgently needed repair equipment and a fresh American astronaut to Russia’s orbiting Mir station.
2014 – The National September 11 Memorial Museum was dedicated in New York City .