Today is the 104th day of the year, with only 261 days remaining until the new year.
1775 - The first abolition society in North America is established. The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia, by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
1816 - Bussa, a slave in British-ruled Barbados, leads a slave rebellion and is killed. He is remembered as the first national hero of the country.
1828 - Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of dictionary.
1846 - The Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California, on what will become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival.
1860 - The first Pony Express Riders reach Sacramento, California.
1865 - Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family are attacked in his home by Lewis Powell.
1894 - the first ever commercial motion picture house opens in New York City, using ten Kinetiscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films.
1912 - The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40 PM. The ship sinks the following morning with a loss of 1,517 lives.
1927 - The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1939 - The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck, is first published by the Viking press.
1956 - In Chicago, Illinois, videotape is first deomnstrated.
1986 - 2.2 pound or 1 kilogram hailstones fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92. These are the heaviest hailstones ever recorded.