This Day In History
After the Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown and Kilbourntown unify as the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Alvan Graham Clark discovers the white dwarf star Sirius B, a companion of Sirius, through an 18.5-inch (47 cm) telescope now located at Northwestern University.
The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery, submitting it to the states for ratification.
3M begins marketing Scotch Tape.
Explorer 1 – The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit.
Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space.
Apollo 14 – Astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard a Saturn V, lift off for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon.
Tokugawa Ieyasu, Shogun of Japan (d. 1616)
Louis de Montfort, French Catholic priest and saint (d. 1716)
Franz Schubert, Austrian composer (d. 1828)
Zane Grey, American novelist (d. 1939)
Eddie Cantor, American actor and singer (d. 1964)
Thomas Merton, American author and monk (d. 1968)
Jackie Robinson, American baseball player (d. 1972)
Mario Lanza, American singer (d. 1959)
Norman Mailer, American writer and journalist (d. 2007)
Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (d. 2008)
Nolan Ryan, American baseball player
Anthony LaPaglia, Australian actor