This Day In History
New Amsterdam (now NYC) passes 1st speed limit law in US.
The inaugural run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York, New York, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.
The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia.
Newberry Medal 1st presented for kids literature to Hendrik Van Loon.
Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter perform the first ever aerial refueling in a DH-4B biplane.
The world's first nuclear power station opens in Obninsk, near Moscow.
The world's first ATM is installed in Enfield Town, England, United Kingdom.
Space Shuttle Columbia launches from the Kennedy Space Center on the final research and development flight mission, STS-4.
Napoleon Coste, French guitarist and composer (d. 1883)
Paul von Mauser, German weapon designer (d. 1914)
Helen Keller, American deaf and blind activist (d. 1968)
Antoinette Perry, American theater director (d. 1946)
Juan Trippe, American airline entrepreneur (d. 1981)
Willie Mosconi, American billiards player (d. 1993)
Anna Moffo, American soprano (d. 2006)
Vera Wang, American fashion designer
Brad Childress, American football coach
Christian Kane, American actor and singer
Tobey Maguire, American actor