1492 Spain and Christopher Columbus
sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to
1524 - Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New
1797 Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San
Juan, Puerto Rico, in what would be one of the largest
invasions of the Spanish territories in America.
1863 American Civil War: Grierson's
Raid begins troops under Union Army Colonel Benjamin
Grierson attack central Mississippi.
1864 American Civil War: The Battle of
Plymouth begins Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North
1897 The Aurora, Texas UFO incident
1905 The Supreme Court of the United
States decides Lochner v. New York, which holds that the
"·right to free contract" is implicit in the due process
clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States
1907 The Ellis Island immigration
center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.
1937 Daffy Duck's first appearance, in
Porky's Duck Hunt.
1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of
Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the
Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.
1964 Jerrie Mock becomes the first
woman to circumnavigate the world by air.
1964 Ford Mustang is introduced to the
North American market.
1969 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of
assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.
1970 Apollo program: The ill-fated
Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
1973 George Lucas begins writing the
treatment for The Star Wars.
2013 An explosion at a fertilizer plant
in the city of West, Texas, kills 15 people and injures 160