Today in 1844,Charles Goodyear patented his rubber strengthening process. But despite the success of the process, Goodyear died penniless.
Today in 1877,Henry O. Flipper became the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Today in 1909,Benjamin Shibe patented the cork center baseball.
Today in 1958,the last Packard was built. For the make's final two model years (1957-58), the cars were no more than re-labeled Studebakers. Packard and Studebaker had merged about four years before.
Today in 1978,the late King Hussein of Jordan married 26-year-old American Elizabeth Halaby. She was renamed Queen Noor Al-Hussein, Arabic for “Light of Hussein.”
Today in 1992,the world laughed again at Vice President Dan Quayle, who told a New York elementary school class that potato was spelled “potatoe.”
Today in 1994,Disney's "The Lion King” opened in theaters nationwide.
Today in 1995,at the O.J. Simpson murder trial, Simpson struggled to put on a pair of gloves that prosecutors said were worn the night Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were murdered.
Today in 2000,Al Gore named Commerce Secretary William Daley to take over his presidential campaign, replacing Tony Coelho, who had abruptly resigned, citing health problems.
Today in 2000,Denis Savard, Joe Mullen and Walter L. Bush Jr. were selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Today in 2003,a trailer that contained thousands of copies of J.K. Rowling's book, "Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix," was stolen in Northeast London. The empty trailer was discovered two days later.
Today in 2012,an Apple I computer sold for a record $374,500.
Today in 2014,San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals.
Today in 2015,Donald Trump officially launched his campaign for president.
Today in 2015,remains of a 2,000-year-old woman dubbed"the sleeping beauty" were announced as discovered in Northern Ethiopia from ancient kingdom of Aksum.