1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson.
1833, if you feel overworked by the boss, tell him or her that slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British Empire on this date.
1939 – The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
1963 – Peter, Paul & Mary performed “Blowin’ In The Wind” before Civil Rights marchers who had gathered in Washington to hear Martin Luther King Jr. speak. He gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended.
1964 – The Beatles appeared on the cover of “LIFE” magazine. (Image: Life.com)
1972 – Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10ths of a second.
1996 – A divorce decree was issued for Britain’s Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.
2004 – George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes.