Today in 1752,thanks to the efforts of Benjamin Franklin,the first American hospital opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Today in 1795,the 11th Amendment to US Constitution, which restricts the ability of individuals to bring suit against states in federal court,was ratified.
Today in 1922,"Reader’s Digest"was first published.
Today in 1943,the U.S. government announced that shoe rationing would go into effect in two days. What that meant was consumers were limited to buying just three pairs per person per year. The rationing was lifted in October of 1945.
Today in 1949,Joe DiMaggio became the first $100,000 a year baseball player for the New York Yankees.
Today in 1973,the U.S. senate appointed a committee to investigate the Watergate scandal.
Today in 1984,the space shuttle astronauts, Bruce McCandless and Robert L. Stewart,went on the first untethered spacewalk.
Today in 1985,"Sports Illustrated" magazine released its annual swimsuit edition. But this time? It was the biggest regular edition in the magazine’s history, weighing in at 218 pages. On the cover –Paulina Porizkova, who joined Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley as the only models to make the cover more than once.
Today in 2001,the space shuttle "Atlantis" blasted off on an assembly mission for the International Space Station (carried and assembled the Destiny Laboratory Module). In the 12-days, 21-hours and 21-minutes that followed, the astronauts took three spacewalks including the 100th in the U.S. manned spaceflight program).
Today in 2010,Super Bowl XLIV; New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 to win their first super bowl.
Today in 2018, a DNA study published in "Nature” revealed that all citrus fruit can be traced to the southeast foothills of the Himalayas.