Today in History in 1605 the first edition of Book One of Don Quixote was published in Madrid; in 1893 the Washington National Cathedral was chartered by Congress and signed by President Benjamin Harrison; and in 1931 Thomas Edison submitted his last patent application.
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:
1605 - The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid.
1649 - The English Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial for treason and other "high crimes"
1681 - 1st recorded boxing match (Duke of Albemarle's butler vs his butcher)
1893 - The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress. The charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison.
1898 - 1st telephone message from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake
1912 - Alfred Wegener, geophysicist and meteorologist, presents his controversial theory of continental drift in a lecture at a the Geological Association (Geologischen Vereinigung) at the Senckenberg-Museum, Frankfurt.
1929 - Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin a her work amongst India's poorest and diseased people.
1931 - Thomas Edison submits his last patent application.
1933 - Clyde Barrow kills Tarrant County Deputy Sheriff Malcolm Davis after walking into a trap set for another criminal
1941 - President Franklin Roosevelt's "4 Freedoms" speech (freedom from speech, worship, want and fear) during US State of Union address
1942 - Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world ("Pacific Clipper").
1957 - Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
1978 - 1st postage stamp copyrighted by US (Carl Sandburg stamp)
1987 - Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy
1412 - Joan of Arc, Domrémy, Roman Catholic Saint and national heroine of France (legendary date) (d. 1431)
1580 - (baptised) John Smith, English explorer (Jamestown)
1914 - Danny Thomas, Deerfield Mich, comedian (Danny Thomas Show)
1924 - Earl Scruggs, NC, bluegrass musician (& Flat-Ballad of Jed Clampett), (d. 2012)
1937 - Lou Holtz, US, football coach
1962 - Michael Houser, Boone North Carolina, American guitarist (Widespread Panic)
1976 - Danny Pintauro, Milltown NJ, actor (Jonathan-Who's the Boss)
1759 - US 1st President George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis at White House Plantation
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