1799 - Andrew Ellicott wrote the about first known record
of a meteor shower observed in the US. We now know there were
1847 - Sir James Young Simpson, the father of modern anesthetics,
used chloroform ("perchloride of formyle") for the
first time as an anesthetic in an operation.
1892 - William "Pudge" Walter Heffelfinger was
the first professional (paid) US Football player. He got $25
and a $500 bonus for a single game.
1922 (Volcano Eruption & Tsunami) Chile/Argentina - over
1,000 people were killed.
1927 - The Holland Tunnel connecting NY and NY - the world's
first underwater vehicular tunnel - officially opened.
1929 - Commander Richard E. Byrd made the first flight over
the South Pole.
1933 - First known photo of so-called Loch Ness Monster was
1940 - Armistice Day Blizzard. It killed nearly 150 people
and stretched from Kansas to Michigan.
1946 - The Exchange National Bank of Chicago, Illinois, instituted
the first drive in banking service in America .
1952 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Kamchatka.
1954 - Ellis Island in New York closed after providing entrance
to the US for 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1924.
1956 - The largest iceberg on record was sighted by the USS
Glacier, a U. S. Navy icebreaker, about 150 miles west of
Scott Island in the Southern Hemisphere. It had broken from
the Ross Ice Shelf in the Antarctic. It was about 208 miles
long and 60 miles wide
1966 - The first photograph was taken from Earth's atmosphere
by the satellite Gemini XII.
1970 - The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a
beached eight-ton sperm whale near Florence, Oregon with half
a ton of dynamite. It mainly made a bigger mess.
1981 - First balloon crossing of Pacific was completed. The
Double Eagle V launched from Nagashima, Japan on November
1982 - Creepshow released in theaters.
1999 - Dogma was released in theaters.
2001 - In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an
Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashed
minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport,
killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
2004 - A jury in Redwood City, California, convicted Scott
Peterson of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and dumping
her body in San Francisco Bay.
2008 - Slumdog Millionaire came out in theaters
2009 - 2012 came out in theaters