Today is the 52nd day of the year, with only 313 days remaining until the end of the year.
1804 - The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.
1842 - John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
1848 - Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.
1862 - Battle of Valverde is fought near Fort Craig in New Mexico Territory.
1878 - The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Coonecticut.
1885 - The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.
1916 - In France, the Battle of Verdun begins during World War I.
1937 - It is the first successful flying car, Waldo Waterman's Arrowbile.
1945 - Japanese kamikaze planes sink the escort carrier Bismarck Sea, and damage the Saratoga.
1947 - In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera," the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.
1965 - Malcolm X, civil rights acitvist, is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
1975 - Because of the Watergate scandal, former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House Aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison.
1995 - Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.