Today in History in 1738 John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; in1775 John Hancock was elected President of the Continental Congress; and in 1989 "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade", directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by George Lucas premiered.
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:
1595 - Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.
1738 - John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.
1775 - John Hancock is unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress
1818 - General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida
1844 - Samuel Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" (1st telegraph message)
1846 - General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War
1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur & NY Governor Cleveland
1915 - Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations
1941 - Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive
1988 - Section 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom (prohibiting promotion of homosexuality). Repealed 2001/2004
1989 - "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade", directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by George Lucas premieres
1938 - Tommy Chong, Edmonton, Alberta, comedian/actor (Cheech & Chong)
1940 - Gary Burghoff, Bristol CT, actor (Radar-M*A*S*H)
1940 - Joseph Brodsky, USSR, author (Less than 1, Nobel 1987)
1941 - Bob Dylan, [Robert Zimmerman], Duluth Minn, singer/songwriter (Blowin' in Wind)