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1804 The first self-propelled locomotive on rails was
demonstrated in Wales.
1842 John J. Greenough patented the sewing machine.
1848 The Communist Manifesto was published by Karl Marx
and Friedrich Engels.
1858 The first electric burglar alarm was installed in
1878 The first telephone directories issued in the U.S.
were distributed to residents in New Haven, CT. It was a
single page of only fifty names.
1916 During World War I, the Battle of Verdun began in
France. The battle ended on December 18, 1916 with a
French victory over Germany.
1932 William N. Goodwin patented the camera exposure
1947 Edwin Land demonstrated the Polaroid Land Camera to
the Optical Society of America in New York City. It was
the first camera to take, develop and print a picture on
photo paper all in about 60 seconds. The photos were
black and white. The camera went on sale the following
1965 Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City at the
age of 39 by assassins identified as Black Muslims.
1973 Israeli fighter planes shot down a Libyan Airlines
jet over the Sinai Desert. More than 100 people were
1975 Former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell and
former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D.
Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison
for their roles in the Watergate cover-up.
1988 In Baton Rouge, LA, TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart
confessed to his congregation that he was guilty of an
unspecified sin. He announced that he was leaving the
pulpit temporarily. Swaggart had been linked to an
1989 U.S. President George H.W. Bush called Ayatollah
Khomeini's death warrant against "Satanic Verses" author
Salman Rushdie "deeply offensive to the norms of
1995 Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first
person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
He landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada.
2003 David Hasselhoff and his wife Pamela were injured in
a motorcycle accident. The accident was caused by a
strong gust of wind. Hasselhoff fractured his lower back
and broke several ribs. His wife fractured her left ankle
and right wrist.
2019 At Cape Canaveral, FL, SpaceIL launched their
Beresheet proble. It was the first privately funded
mission to the Moon. The probe crash-landed on the Moon
on April 11.
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