Today in 1813, the first pineapples were planted in Hawaii.
Today in 1838, the first public demonstration of a telegraph message sent using dots & dashes at Speedwell Ironworks, Morristown, New Jersey was offered by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail.
Today in 1861, Alabama seceded from the United States.
Today in 1878, milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time by Alexander Campbell in New York.
Today in 1897, Frances Moulton assumed her duties as the first female bank president in the United States at Limerick Bank in Limerick, Maine.
Today in 1913, the first sedan-type car was unveiled at the National Automobile Show in New York City. The car was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Company.
Today in 1922, at Toronto General Hospital, Leonard Thompson became the first person to be successfully treated with insulin.
Today in 1935, Amelia Earhart Putnam (yes, she was married) left on the journey that would see her become the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
Today in 1943, the United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.
Today in 1964,S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report that said that smoking cigarettes was a definite health hazard. The report was released on a Saturday for two reasons: to minimize the effect on the stock market and to maximize coverage in the Sunday papers. It sure did.
Today in 1967, San Diego was granted an NBA franchise to be called the Rockets; franchise moves to Houston for the 1971-72 season
Today in 1973, owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule.
Today in 1986, author James Clavell signed a record $5-million deal with Morrow/Avon Publishing for the book "Whirlwind." The book is a 2,000-page novel.
Today in 2000, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled the second Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorative stamp in a ceremony at The Wall.
Today in 2018, President Trump caused worldwide controversy when he reportedly he called African countries "sh*tholes" during immigration meeting.
Today in 2021, House Democrats introduced one article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" for encouraging his supporters to riot at the Capitol.