1793 – The Louvre Museum, in Paris, opened to the public for the first time.
1805 – The “Corps of Discovery” reached the Pacific Ocean. The expedition was led by William Clark and Meriwether Lewis. The journey had begun on May 14, 1804, with the goal of exploring the Louisiana Purchase territory.
Bram Stoker, author of “Dracula” was born this date, 1847.
1895 – Wilhelm Roentgen while experimenting with electricity discovered the scientific principle involved and took the first X-ray pictures.
1910 – William H. Frost patented the insect exterminator.
1923 – Adolf Hitler made his first attempt at seizing power in Germany with a failed coup in Munich that came to be known as the “Beer-Hall Putsch”.”
1933 – The Civil Works Administration was created by executive order by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The organization was designed to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed people in the U.S.
1954 – The American League approved the transfer of the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team to Kansas City, Missouri.
1956 – After turning down 18,000 names, the Ford Motor Company decided to name their new car the “Edsel,” after Henry Ford’s only son. (Image: Old Car and Truck Pictures)
1965 – The soap opera “Days of Our Lives” debuted on NBC-TV.
1966 – Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California.
2000 – In Florida, a statewide recount began to decide the winner of the 2000 U.S. presidential election.