1896 - 255 people were killed in St. Louis, MO, when a tornado struck.
1901 - The Edison Storage Battery Company was organized.
1929 - Colonel Charles Lindbergh and Anne Spencer Murrow were married.
1931 - Piccard and Knipfer made the first flight into the stratosphere, by balloon.
1933 - Walt Disney's "Three Little Pigs" was first released.
1935 – The U.S. Supreme Court declared that President Franklin Roosevelt's National Industrial Recovery Act was unconstitutional.
1937 – In California, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge connected San Francisco and Marin County.
1968 - After 48 years as coach of the Chicago Bears, George Halas retired.
1969 - Construction of Walt Disney World began in Florida.
1995 - In Charlottesville, VA, Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after being thrown from his horse during a jumping event.
1998 - Charlie Sheen was admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles for a drug overdose.