Today is the 59th day of the year, with only 306 days remaining until the end of the year.
1849 - Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months and 22 days after leaving New York Harbor.
1854 - The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.
1883 - The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
1893 - The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time is launched.
1935 - DuPont scientist Wallace Corothers invents nylon.
1940 - Basketball is televised for the first time with Fordham University Vs. The University of Pittsburgh at Madison Square Gardne.
1954 - The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
1991 - The first Gulf War ends.
1993 - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group's leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
1997 - The North Hollywood shootout takes place, pitting two heavily armed bank robbers against the LAPD, resulting in the injury of 19 people and deaths of both perpetrators.