It is the 147th day of the year, with only 218 days remaining until the end of the year.
1703 - Tsar Peter the Great founds the city of Saint Petersburg.
1863 - First assault on the Confederate works at the Siege of Port Hudson.
1927 - The Ford Motor Company ceases manufacture of the Ford Model T and begins to retool plants to make the Ford Model A.
1930 - The 1,046 foot Chrysler Building in New York City, opens to the public.
1933 - The Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon Three Little Pigs, with its hit song " Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"
1937 - In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic, creating a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County, California.
1941 - The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the North Atlantic killing almost 2,100 men.
1942 - In Operation Anthropoid, Reinhard Heydrich is assassinated in Prague.
1962 - An underground mine fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania begins.
1967 - The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy is launched by Jacqueline Kennedy and hre daughter Caroline.
1995 - In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.
1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Paula Jones can pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he is in office.
1998 - Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot/