1781 – The last major battle of the American Revolutionary War took place in Yorktown, Virginia. The American forces, led by George Washington, defeated the British troops under Lord Cornwallis.
1855 – Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine motor.
1858 – Mail service via stagecoach between San Francisco, California and St. Louis, Missouri began.
1872 – Aaron Montgomery started his mail order business with the delivery of the first mail order catalogue. The firm later became Montgomery Wards.
1876 – Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson made their longest telephone call to date. It was a distance of two miles.
1919 – The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. The win would be later tainted when 8 Chicago White Sox were charged with throwing the game and the series. The incident became known as the “Black Sox” scandal. (Image: Movies-Cine-Film)
1930 – Aviator Laura Ingalls landed in Glendale, California to complete the first solo transcontinental flight across the U.S. by a woman.
1940 – St. Paul’s Cathedral in London was bombed by the Nazis. The dome was unharmed in the bombing.
1946 – The first electric blanket went on sale in Petersburg, Virginia.
1983 – Helen Moss joined the Brownies at the age of 83. She became the oldest person to become a member.
1985 – A 2½-acre garden memorial was dedicated to John Lennon by his widow Yoko Ono. The memorial in New York City’s Central Park is called Strawberry Fields.
1986 – The musical “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber opened in London.
2003 – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II knighted Roger Moore and made Sting a CBE (Commander of the British Empire).