Today in History in 1916 Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract; in 1949 "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC); and in 1957 "I Love Lucy" last airs on CBS-TV.
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:
1374 - A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.
1497 - John Cabot claims Eastern Canada for England (believes he found Asia in Nova Scotia)
1509 - Henry VIII is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey
1731 - Freemason and Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen is appointed Provincial Grand Master of Pennsylvania, the first and youngest Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
1793 - 1st republican constitution in France adopted
1812 - Napoleon Bonaparte's forces invade Russia crossing the Neman River
1853 - Gadsden Purchase 29,670-square-mile (76,800 square km) from Mexico (now southern Arizona and New Mexico) for $10 million signed by President Franklin Pierce
1901 - 1st exhibition by Pablo Picasso, 19, opens in Paris
1916 - Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.
1930 - 1st radar detection of planes, Anacostia DC
1949 - "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC)
1957 - "I Love Lucy" last airs on CBS-TV
1979 - Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base
1992 - Billy Joel gets an honorary diploma from Hicksville High School at 43
2006 - "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Kiera Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland - becomes fastest film to gross over 1 billion
2012 - Female athletes will be allowed to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics for the first time
1842 - Ambrose Bierce, Meigs County, Ohio, American writer and satirist (Devil's Dictionary, Nuggets & Dust)
1893 - Roy O. Disney, co-founder of the Walt Disney Company and brother of Walt (d. 1971)
1895 - Jack Dempsey, "Manassa Mauler", heavyweight boxing champion (1919-26)
1947 - Mick Fleetwood, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way), born in London, England
1885 - 28th US President Woodrow Wilson (28) weds Presbyterian minister's daughter Ellen Louise Axson (25) in Savannah, Georgia
1904 - Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen (30) weds Jessie Isabel Cox
1914 - MLB greatest pitcher Walter Johnson (26) weds Hazel Lee Roberts in Northwest, Washington DC
1924 - American writer Henry Miller (31) marries 2nd wife June Smerth (21) in Hoboken, New Jersey.
1933 - Actor John Wayne (26) weds Josephine Saenz (25) in Los Angeles
1934 - Golfer Byron Nelson (22) weds Louise Shofner
1967 - NFL Footballer and later criminal OJ Simpson (19) marries Marguerite Whitley