1782 – The U.S. Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States.
1787 – Oliver Ellsworth makes a motion at the Federal Convention to call the government the ‘United States’.
1819 – The SS Savannah arrives at Liverpool, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic by a steam powered vessel
1837 – Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent and Strathearn becomes Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on the death of her uncle, King William IV
1840 – Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph.
1863 – The state of West Virginia, a split off of counties that do not adhere to the Confederacy, is admitted as the 35th state.
1877 – Alexander Graham Bell installs the world’s first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario. And away we went until we’ve ended up here with ‘smart’ phones.
1893 – Lizzie Borden is acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother.
1900 –The Imperial Chinese Army, in direct support of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists movement, called the ‘Boxers’, begins a 55 day siege of the Legation Quarter in Beijing, China.
1944 – The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive U.S. naval victory. The naval air battle is known as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot”.
The experimental V-2 rocket reaches an altitude of 110 miles, becoming the first man-made object to reach outer space.
1945 – The U.S. Secretary of State approves the transfer of Wernher von Braun and his team of Nazi rocket scientists to the U.S.
1972 – An 18½-minute gap is noticed in the tape recording of the conversations between President Richard Nixon and his advisers.
1975 – The film Jaws is released in the United States