Today in 1793,President Washington laid the cornerstone of the US Capitol.
Today in 1851, the “New York Times”published its first issue– for 2 cents a copy.
Today in 1862, Rabbi Jacob Frankel became the first Jewish Army chaplain.
Today in 1927,the “Tiffany Network” aka CBS –was founded.
Today in 1984,the largest single group of immigrants to become naturalized citizens of the US – 9,706 people– were sworn in by Vice President George Bush in Miami, Florida.
Today in 1987,the film, "Fatal Attraction," starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer,opened in theaters nationwide.
Today in 1990,the city of Atlanta was named the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Today in 1998,the US House Judiciary Committee voted to release videotape of President Clinton's grand jury testimonyabout the Monica Lewinsky scandal, from August 17th.
Today in 1998,Mark McGwire hit his 64th home run of the season, pulling out of a tie with Sammy Sosa.
Today in 1999,Heather French of Kentucky was crowned"Miss America" at the pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Today in 2009,the 72-year run of the soap opera, “The Guiding Light,”ended as its final episode was broadcast.
Today in 2012,the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools reached a deal that ended an 8-day strike. Schools reopened the following day.
Today in 2012,the world's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplant took place at the University of Gothenburg –and it was a success.
Today in 2017,Hurricane Maria passed over the Caribbean island of Dominicaas a category 5 hurricane, destroying 90% of structures and killing 27.