Today in History in 1722 Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, ends tax on men with beards; in 1889 George Eastman puts Kodak Camera on sale for the first time; and in 1947 the first Tony Awards were held with Arthur Miller, David Wayne and Patricia Neal winning for theatrical achievements.
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
46 BC - Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the battle of Thapsus.
1652 - Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by Dutch East India Company under John of Riebeeck
1663 - King Charles II signs Carolina Charter
1722 - Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, ends tax on men with beards
1789 - 1st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, NYC
1830 - Joseph Smith & 5 others organizes Mormon church in Seneca Co, NY
1860 - Joseph Smith III, creates the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by reorganizing the previous church organized by his father, Joseph Smith, Jr.
1862 - Battle of Shiloh, Union defeats Confederacy in SW Tennessee
1889 - George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for 1st time
1896 - 1st modern Olympic games open in Athens Greece [3/25 OS] American, James Connolly, wins 1st Olympic gold medal in mod history
1938 - Teflon invented by Roy J Plunkett
1947 - 1st Tony Awards: Arthur Miller, David Wayne & Patricia Neal win for theatrical achievements
1973 - Roberto Clemente Day, Pirates retire his #
1994 - The Rwandan Genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down.
2009 - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy, killing at least 253.
2012 - US F-18 Hornet crashes into side of apartment building in Virginia with no fatalities
1890 - Anthony Fokker, Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer (Eindecker monoplanes, Fokker Triplane)
1892 - Donald Wills Douglas, US, aircraft pioneer (McConnell Douglas)
1928 - James Watson, American chemist (co-discovered structure of DNA)
1931 - Ivan Dixon, actor (Car Wash, Hogan's Heroes), born in NYC, New York
1937 - Billy Dee Williams, Harlem actor (Chiefs, Empire Strikes Back), born in NYC, New York
1937 - Merle Haggard, Bakersfield California, country singer (Death Valley Days)
1938 - Roy Thinnes, actor (Invaders, Falcon Crest, Gen Hospital), born in Chicago, Illinois
1943 - Susan Tolsky, actress (Madame's Place, Here Comes the Brides), born in Houston, Texas
1952 - Marilu Henner, actress (Taxi, Man Who Loved Women, Eve Shade), born in Chicago, Illinois
1969 - Paul Rudd, Passaic, New Jersey, American actor (Clueless, The 40-Year-Old Virgin)
1975 - Zach Braff, South Orange, New Jersey, American actor (Dr. John Dorian-Scrubs)
1976 - Candace H Cameron Bure, actress (DJ Tanner-Full House)
1868 - Brigham Young marries his 27th & final wife
1896 - 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (63) weds Mary Scott (37) at St Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City