Today in 1610, Galileo Galilei sighted four Jupiter moons. He then named them Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
Today in 1782, the Bank of North America – the first commercial bank in the United States –opened. It eventually merged into what became Wells Fargo.
Today in 1789, Americans voted for the electors who chose George Washington as the first U.S. President.
Today in 1894, K. Dickson received a patent for motion picture film.
Today in 1904, the distress signal “CQD”was established; two years later radio changed it to “SOS” because it was quicker to send by wireless radio.
Today in 1927, transatlantic telephone service began between New York and London, 31 calls were made the first day. Check the call outHERE.
Today in 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game.
Today in 1942,World War II’s Battle of Bataan began.
Today in 1953,President Harry Truman announced the development of hydrogen bomb.
Today in 1959, the United States recognized Fidel Castro’s new government in Cuba.
Today in 1980,President Jimmy Carter signed legislation authorizing a $1.5-billion in loans for the bail out of Chrysler Corp.
Today in 1998,former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signed an affidavit denying that she had an affair with U.S. President Clinton as part of the Paula Jones case. Of course, it was later revealed that she lied.
Today in 1999, President Clinton went on trial before the Senate. It was the second time in U.S. history that an impeached president had gone on trial.
Today in 2002, Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates introduced Mira, the new device code. Its tablet-like device was a cross between a handheld computer and a TV remote control.
Today in 2007, Phil Jackson won his 900th game while head coach of the LA Lakers, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins.
Today in 2015, a terrorist attack on the offices of satirical newspaper, "Charlie Hebdo," in Paris left 12 dead and 11 injured.
Today in 2019,Amazon overtook Microsoft to become the world's most valuable listed company for the first time, worth $797-billion.