Today in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famed “Gettysburg Address” as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
Today in 1895, American inventor Frederick E. Blaisdell patented the pencil.
Today in 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt announced the 6th War Loan Drive, aimed at selling $14-billion in war bonds to help pay for the war effort.
Today in 1965, Kellogg's Pop Tarts pastries were created…but that’s not what they were first called. Their original name was ‘Country Squares’…and they were created by Post. But when the company accidentally tipped their hand, Kellogg’s ran with it – and capitalized on the 60’s vibe and soon debuted ‘Pop-Tarts.’ And get this – because it was flammable, Pop-Tarts didn’t originally have frosting. That didn’t come until 1967, when toaster stable frosting was invented.
Today in 1980, CBS-TV banned a risqué Calvin Klein jeans ad featuring Brooke Shields. The problem? It featured the 15-year-old actress asking the camera, “Do you know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.”
Today in 1998, as the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee began impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr laid out his evidence concerning the President’s affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Today in 2002, the federal government completed its takeover of security at 424 airports nationwide.
Today in 2007, the Amazon Kindle was first released.
Today in 2008, Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé Knowles top “Forbes’” annual list of "Hollywood's 20 Top-Earning Couples," earning $162-million between June 2007 and June 2008. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith were at number-two with earnings of $85-million.
Today in 2021, MLB’s Cleveland Indians officially launched their new name: Cleveland Guardians.