Today is the 46th day of the year, with only 319 days remaining.
1493 - Whole on board the Nina, Christopher Columbus writes an open letter, describing his discoveries and the unexpected items he cam across in the New World.
1764 - The city of St. Louis, Missouri is established.
1862 - General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee.
1879 - President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
1898 - The USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor, killing more than 260 men. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain.
1942 - Following an assault by Japanese forces, the British General Arthur Percival surrenders. About 80,000 Indian, British, and Australian soldiers become prisoners of war.
1946 - ENIAC, the first electronic general purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania.
1972 - Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
2001 - The first draft of the complete human genome, is published in Nature magazine.