1374 BC - Solar eclipse (2m07s) seen at Ugarit by Mesopotamian astronomers "On the day of the new moon, in the month of Hiyar, the Sun was put to shame, and went down in the daytime, with Mars in attendance."
1382 - Battle of Beverhoutsveldn near Bruges - Ghent town army beats drunken Bruges militia
1662 - Royal charter granted to Connecticut
1765 - 1st US medical college opens in Philadelphia
1802 - Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city
1830 - 1st regular steam train passenger service starts
1901 - Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida
1923 - 1st nonstop transcontinental flight (NY-San Diego) completed
1948 - 1st broadcast of "CBS Evening News" - longest running network news show in the US
1955 - your humble correspondent was born.