Today in History in 1836 Arkansas became the 25th state of the Union; in 1864 Robert E. Lee’s home area in Arlington, Virginia becomes a military cemetery; and in 1928 Ty Cobb, 41, steals home for the 50th and final time.
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:
763 BC - Assyrians record a solar eclipse that will be used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.
1215 - King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, near Windsor, England
1775 - George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of American Army
1836 - Arkansas becomes 25th state of the Union
1844 - Goodyear patents vulcanization of rubber
1846 - Oregon Treaty signed, setting US-British boundary at 49°N
1864 - Robert E. Lee's home area (Arlington, VA) becomes a military cemetery
1877 - Henry Ossian Flipper becomes 1st African American to graduate from West Point Military Academy
1896 - Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku, Japan; 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured and 13,000 houses destroyed.
1916 - Boys Scouts of America forms
1924 - Ford Motor Company manufactures its 10 millionth Model T automobile
1928 - Ty Cobb, 41, steals home for 50th & final time
First Director of the FBI J. Edgar HooverFirst Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover1924 - J. Edgar Hoover assumed leadership of the FBI
1940 - World War II: France surrenders to NAZI Germany, German troops occupy Paris
1965 - Bob Dylan records "Like a Rolling Stone"
1994 - Disney's animated musical film "The Lion King" opens in theaters with $42 million
1923 - Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1946 - Janet Lennon, vocalist (Lennon Sisters)
1953 - Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (2012-) and President of the People's Republic of China (2013-), born in Beijing
1954 - James Belushi, comedian (Sat Night Live, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois
1964 - Courteney Cox, Birmingham, Alabama, American actress (Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends)
1777 - First American flag seamstress Betsy Ross (25) weds mariner Joseph Ashburn
1905 - Princess Margaret of Connaught marries Gustav, Crown Prince of Sweden.