On this day in 1829, a patent for the accordion was granted to Cyrill Demian in Vienna, Austrian Empire.
On this day in 1960, the Great Chilean earthquake, measuring 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale, becomes the most powerful earthquake ever recorded.
Today is International Tea Day
On this day in 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
On this day in 1962, a birthday salute to John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, highlighted by Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of "Happy Birthday".
On this day in 1980, Mount St. Helens erupts, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.
On this day in 2012, Donna Summer, American singer-songwriter, died
On this day in 1977, founder of Atari Nolan Bushnell opened the first ShowBiz Pizza Place - later renamed Chuck E. Cheese - in San Jose.
On this day in 1984, Andy Kaufman, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter died. Allegedly.
On this day in 1856, L. Frank Baum, American novelist and creator of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ universe is born.
On this day in 1796, Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation
On this day in 1950, the inaugural Formula One World Championship race takes place at Silverstone.
On this day in 1904, Salvador Dalí, Spanish artist, is born
On this day in 1975, Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder.
On this day in1671, Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England’s Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
On this day in 1429, Joan of Arc lifts the Siege of Orléans, turning the tide of the Hundred Years’ War.
On this day in 1824, the World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony takes place in Vienna, Austria
On this day in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
On this day in 1929, Audrey Hepburn, Belgian-British actress and humanitarian, is born
On this day in 1978, the first unsolicited bulk commercial email ("spam") is sent by a DEC marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.
On this day in 2012, a pastel version of The Scream, by Edvard Munch, sells for $120 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record.
On this day in 1840, the Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.
On this day in 1947, Boulder Dam is renamed Hoover Dam.
On this day in 1970, Uma Thurman, American actress, is born
On this day in 1930, the Independence Producers hosted the first night game in the history of organized baseball in Independence, Kansas.
On this day in 1981, Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.
On this day in 1803, thousands of meteor fragments fall from the skies of L’Aigle, France; the event convinces European scientists that meteors exist.
On this day in 1744, Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer, physicist, and mathematician died
On this day in 1885, American sharpshooter Annie Oakley is hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.
On this day in 1985, Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than three months.
On this day in 1876, the first National League baseball game is played at the Jefferson Street Grounds in Philadelphia.
On this day, in 1934, the "Surgeon’s Photograph", the most famous photo allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, is published in the Daily Mail (in 1994, it is revealed to be a hoax).