Today is the 48th day of the year, with only 317 days remaining until the end of the year.
1600 - The philosopher Giordano Bruno, is burned alive at Camp de Fiori in Rome, for heresy.
1621 - Myles Standish is appointed as first commander of the Plymouth colony.
1801 - An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, is resolved when the former is elected President and the latter is elected Vice President, by the United States House of Representatives.
1864 - The H.L. Hunley, becomes the first submarine to engage and sink a warship, the USS Housatonic.
1933 - Newsweek magazine is published for the first time.
1959 - Vanguard 2, the first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
1968 - In Springfield, Massachusetts, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.
1972 - Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model T.
1996 - In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the world champion Garry Kasparov, beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.