Today is the 73rd day of the year, with only 292 days remaining until the new year.
1780 - Spanish forces capture Fort Charlotte in Mobile, Alabama. It is the last British frontier post capable of threatening New Orleans in Spanish Louisiana.
1794 - Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin.
1942 - Orvan Hess and John Bumstead, become the first people in the world to successfully treat a patient, Anne Miller, utilizing penicilin.
1951 - For the second time, United Nations troops recapture Seoul in Korea.
1964 - A jury in Dallas, Texas, finds jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of John F. Kennedy.
1995 - Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American astronaut to ride to space on-board a Russian launch vehicle.