Luisa Melo was born.
1698 - Russia's Peter the Great levied a tax on bearded men.
1836 - The Republic of Texas made miltary hero Sam Houston its first president.
John Moroney III was born.
1995 - Baseball player Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's iron man record by playing in his 2,131st straight game.
1997 - More than 2 billion people watched Princess Diana's funeral on TV.
Brigid Bergin was born.
1822 - Brazil declared its independence from Portugal.
1979 - The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) made its debut on cable TV.
Billy Gardner was born.
Matthew Long was born.
Christian Le Gars was born.
1900 - A hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, killing about 8,000 people.
1966 - Star Trek premiered on television.
1974 - President Gerald Ford gave former President Richard Nixon a full pardon for all federal crimes he may have committed while he was in office.
Mark Boyle was born.
Joanne O'Shaughnessy was born.
1776 - The Second Continental Congress changed the name of the nation to the United States of America, from the United Colonies.
1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on television for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Michelle Cashen was born.
Pamela Neafsey was born.
Greg Bender was born.
Helen Brady was born.
1939 - Canada declared war on Germany, entering WWII.
2002 - Switzerland became the 190th member of the United Nations.
2001 - Never forget. Two hijacked commercial jets were crashed by terrorists into the north and south towers of the World Trade aCenter in New York City, causing the collapse of both towers. A short while later, another plane was crashed into the Pentagon, and a fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pa.
1953 - Future President John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier.
1960 – Hurricane Donna slammed Rockaway and the ocean met the bay. (We hope reader Richard Berge appreciates the inclusion of this historic event!)BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS