Today is the 28th day of the year, with only 337 days remaining until the new year.
1547 - King Henry VIII dies. His nine-year-old son, Edward VI becomes king and the first Protestant ruler of England.
1624 - Sir Thomas Warner founds the first British colony in the Caribbean, on the island of Saint Kitts.
1855 - The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.
1887 - In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.
1896 - Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent, becomes the first person to be convicted of speeding. He is fined 1 shilling, plus costs for speeding 8 mph, thus being 6 mph over the contemporary limit of 2 mph.
1909 - United States troops leave Cuba with the exception of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, after being there since the Spanish-American War.
1915 - An act of Congress creates the United States Coast Guard.
1917 - Municipally owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco, California.
1934 - The first ski tow begins operation in Vermont.
1956 - Elvis Presley makes his first US television appearance.
1958 - The LEGO company patents the design of its famous bricks, still compatible with the construction blocks they produce today.
1985 - Supergroup United Support of Artists for Africa, records the hit single, We Are the World, to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.