Today in History in 1914 the first electric traffic light was installed in the U.S. in Cleveland, Ohio; in 1957 American Bandstand premiered on ABC-TV; in 1962 actress Marilyn Monroe died at age 36; and in 1979 Willie Mays was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
910 - The last major Viking army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred.
1305 - William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.
1716 - Battle of Petrovaradin/Peterwardein: Habsburgs under Eugene of Savoy defeat the Turks in a decisive victory
1812 - War of 1812: Tecumseh's Native American force ambushes Thomas Van Horne's 200 Americans at Brownstone Creek, causing them to flee and retreat.
1864 - US Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay won by the Union led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
1914 - 1st electric traffic light installed in the USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio
1921 - 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)
1923 - 1st American to swim English Channel (Henry Sullivan)
1924 - Comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray debuts
1932 - Clyde Barrow and two associates kill Sheriff C.G. Maxwell and his deputy, Eugene C. Moore, the first time the Barrow gang killed a lawman
1936 - At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal
1943 - World War II: at around 11 A.M during the Battle of Troina, Mount Etna erupts sending ash and lava miles into the sky.
1953 - "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Best Picture 1954)
1957 - "American Bandstand" premieres on network TV (ABC)
1974 - US President Richard Nixon admits he withheld information about Watergate break-in
1979 - Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame
1998 - The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC
1911 - Robert Taylor, Filley Neb, actor (Death Valley Days)
1930 - Neil Armstrong, Wapakoneta Ohio, X-15 pilot, 1st Moonwalker (Gemini 8, Apollo 11), (d. 2012)
1937 - Herb Brooks, Saint Paul Minnesota, American ice hockey coach (Olympic Gold Medal 1980)
1945 - Ja'net Dubois, Brooklyn, New York, American actress (Good Times, Beverly Hill 90210)
1946 - Loni Anderson, St Paul Minn, American actress (Jennifer-WKRP in Cincinnati)
1946 - Erika Slezak, Hollywood, California, actress (Viki-One Life to Live)