1780 – The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor was published for the first time. It was the first Sunday newspaper in Britain.
1804 – The Louisiana Purchase was divided into the District of Louisiana and the Territory of Orleans.
1804 – The U.S. Congress ordered the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi to Louisiana.
1885 – Eastman Kodak (Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co.) produced the first commercial motion picture film in Rochester, New York.
1898 – In South Africa, the world’s first game reserve, the Sabi Game reserve, was designated. (Image: Wikipedia)
1910 – The U.S. Congress passed an amendment to the 1907 Immigration Act that barred criminals, paupers, anarchists and carriers of disease from settling in the U.S.
1937 – Spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas, erected a statue of Popeye.
1942 – The Germans began sending Jews to
Auschwitz in Poland.
1953 – Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine that would prevent poliomyelitis.
1964 – Pete Best (formerly of the Beatles) appeared live on the TV show “I’ve Got a Secret”.
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their “bed-in” for peace in Amsterdam.
1973 – Women were allowed on the floor of the London Stock Exchange for the first time.
1975 – The film “Tommy” premiered in London. The movie was based on the rock opera by The Who.
1989 – The first free elections took place in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin was elected.
1995 – Seven of the 15 European Union states abolished border controls.
1997 – The 39 bodies of Heaven’s Gate members are found in a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The group had committed suicide thinking that they would be picked up by a spaceship following behind the comet Hale-Bopp.