Happy Birthday to Bruce Playfoot and Roger Buis
1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.
1901 – J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.
1919 – Oregon places a one cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.
1932 – Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.
1933 – The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.
1940 – Montreal Canadiens lose 6-2 to the New York Rangers in Madison Square Gardens in the world’s first televised hockey game; on Westinghouse station W2XBS-TV.
1950 – Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca premiere their comedy program Your Show of Shows on NBC; writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen.
1951 – The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1965 – First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9
1963 – First flight of the Transall C-160
1975 – Brig. General Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, flies his final US Air Force sortie.
1983 – Tennessee Williams dies at age 71; chokes to death on a bottle cap; US playwright known for A Streetcar Named Desire.
1990 – Smoke-free flights become mandatory throughout North America for all US airlines.
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