1807 - London's Pall Mall became the first street of any
city to be illuminated by gaslight.
1813 - Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was first published.
1915 - An act of the US Congress created the United States
Coast Guard as a branch of the United States Armed Forces.
1934 - The first ski tow rope in the US, built by Robert
Royce, was used for the first time in Woodstock, Vermont
1953 - J. Fred Muggs (a chimp) joined NBC's 'Today Show'
1958 - The Lego Company patented the design of its Lego
1979 - CBS News Sunday Morning debuts with original host
1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger 10 exploded 73 seconds after
liftoff, killing astronauts Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee,
Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik
and schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.