1472 - The great daylight comet of 1472 was visible in daylight
for 8 days.
1790 - Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin proposed the guillotine
to the newly formed National Assembly of Paris as a "humane"
method of execution.
1799 - Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccination was introduced.
1807 - The London Institution for the Advancement of Literature
and The Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (The London Institution)
received a royal charter signed by King George III, to "promote
the diffusion of Science, Literature, and the Arts, by means
of Lectures and Experiments, and by easy access to an extensive
collection of books, both ancient and modern, in all languages."
1861 - Jefferson Davis resigned from the United States Senate.
1911 - The first Monte Carlo Rally took place, with 23 cars.
1915 - Kiwanis International was founded, in Detroit.
1954 - The first atomic submarine, the U.S.S. Nautilus,
was launched at Groton, Connecticut. It was officially commissioned
later that year.
1970 - The Boeing 747, made its 1st commercial flight, between
New York's John F. Kennedy Airport and Heathrow Airport in
London, England. .
1972 - The first convention of Star Trek fans was held in
New York City's Statler-Hilton Hotel
1977 - President Jimmy Carter pardoned most Vietnam War
1979 - Neptune became the outermost planet as Pluto moved
on its highly elliptical, tilted orbit closer to the sun than
Neptune. This eventually led to Pluto being downgraded from
1990 - MTV Unplugged premiered on MTV (The featured artist
1998 - News of the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton affair was
published, President Clinton said he "did not have sexual
relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
2000 - The Boondock Saints & Down to You debuted in
2005 - Are We There Yet? debuted in theaters.