1790 * John Tyler, tenth US President who was involved in the
annexation of Texas.
1848 For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped
flowing. An ice blockage in the Niagara River above the rim of the
falls caused the water to stop.
1853 * Elihu Thomson, English-born US inventor who with Thomas
Edison formed GEC.
1867 The North America Act was passed by the British parliament,
creating the dominion of Canada.
1871 The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria.
1886 Coca-Cola, invented by Dr. John Pemberton of Atlanta, sold as
an 'intellectual beverage'.
1912 * Frederick Mackenzie, Scottish printer who invented Letraset
dry printing with K.J. Reed.
1943 * John Major, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain in
1951 US Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were found guilty of passing
atomic secrets to the Russians and were sentenced to death.
1973 The last US troops left Vietnam.
1974 US Mariner 10 took close-up pictures of the planet Mercury.
1999 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 10,000 for the
first time, at 10,006.78.
2002 Israel declared Yasir Arafat an enemy.
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