1790 – George Washington gave the first ‘State of the Union’ message, urging the opening of the US Patent Office.
1815 – Andrew Jackson won the “Battle of New Orleans”
1835 – The United States’ official debt was $0.00.
1889 – Dr. Herman Hollerith received the 1st U.S. patent for a tabulating machine, technically this was the first computer patent!
1918 – Mississippi was the 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition)
1963 – Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
1964 – US President Lyndon Johnson declared ‘War on Poverty’
1987 – Dow Jones closed above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25)
1996 – Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso was accidentally rammed by a barge and sank in Singapore Harbor. It was raised, and is now a museum in France.
2002 – President George W. Bush signed into law the bi-partisan No Child Left Behind Act.