1813 - The Office of Surgeon General of the US Army forms
1817 - Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi
1820 - Missouri Compromise passes, allowing slavery in Missouri
1835 - Congress authorizes a US mint at New Orleans Louisiana
1845 – Florida is admitted into the U.S. as the 27th State
1849 - Congress establishes the US Department of the Interior
1863 - Idaho Territory forms
1871 - Congress establishes the civil service system
1877 - Rutherford B Hayes is sworn in as the 19th U.S. President
1885 - California is the 1st US State to establish a permanent forest commission
1887 - Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind and deaf Helen Keller
1905 - US Forest Service forms
1923 – TIME magazine is published for the first time.
1931 - President Herbert Hoover signs a congressional act making "The Star Spangled Banner" the official National Anthem of the United States.
1933 - Mount Rushmore is dedicated
1938 – Oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia
1991 – An amateur video captures the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers
1997 – The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand
2002 – Citizens of Switzerland vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations
2005 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling.
Above is the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand. It took two and a half years of construction and was completed on this day in 1997. Check out our Holidays in New Zealand page for more information about New Zealand.
This Day in Music
1931 – The United States adopts The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem
1965 - The Temptations' My Girl hits #1
1966 - Rock group Buffalo Springfield forms
1973 - Elton John's Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player Album hits #1
1979 - The Bee Gees' Spirits Having Flown Album hits #1
1978 - Van Halen starts their first ever US tour in Chicago as the opening act for Journey
2009 - Martina McBride sings The Star-Spangled Banner
This Day in Sports
1875 – The first ever organized indoor game of ice hockey is played in Montreal, Canada
1959 - San Francisco Giant's rename their stadium Candlestick Park
Word of the Day from Wiktionary
1. (informal, rare) Reminiscent of or containing bees.
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