This Day In History
Stamford Raffles lands on the island of Singapore.
Edgar Allen Poe's "Raven" first published in New York City
1856Queen Victoria institutes the Victoria Cross.
1861Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state.
1886Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.
1907Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American U.S. Senator.
1936The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.
1963The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.
Thomas Paine, English-born American patriot (d. 1809)
1756Henry Lee III, American General (d. 1818)
1801Horatia Nelson, daughter of Emma Hamilton and Horatio Nelson (d. 1881)
1860Anton Chekhov, Russian writer (d. 1904)
1880W. C. Fields, American actor (d. 1946)
1913Victor Mature, American actor (d. 1999)
1943Rosemary Wells, American childrens' author (Max & Ruby)
1945Tom Selleck, American actor, screenwriter and film producer
1952Tommy Ramone, Hungarian-born musician and record producer (The Ramones)
1960Greg Louganis, American diver