This Day in History

  • This Day in History, June 5

    On this day in history, Benjamin Franklin demonstrates lightning as a form of electricity in 1752, Apple II computers go on sale in 1977, and Amazon announces it will begin selling personal computers in 2001.

  • This Day in History, June 4

    On this day in history, the VHS format is introduced in North America in 1977, in 1989, Tiananmen Square protests end in violence and in 1990, Greyhound Bus files for bankruptcy.

  • This Day in History, June 3

    On this day in history, "Star Trek" airs its final episode in 1967, "War Games" is released in 1983, and in 2003, Toys "R" us becomes the exclusive toy provider for Albertson's.

  • This Day in History, June 2

    On this day in history, Marconi patents the radio in 1896, R.J. Reynolds proposes merger with Nabisco in 1985, and in 2004, Ken Jennings begins his 74 game winning streak on "Jeopardy."

  • This Day in History, June 1

    On this day in history, CNN launches in 1980, in 1990, the Dow hits a record high of 2,900.97, and in 2009 General Motors files for bankruptcy.

  • This Day in History, May 29

    On this day in history, in 1978 first class postage increases to 15 cents, Columbia Records fires Clive Davis in 1979, and in 1992, Apple unveils the Newton MessagePad.

  • This Day in History, May 28

    On this day in history, Chrysler Corporation merges with Dodge Brothers in 1928; in 1987, CompuServe releases new GIF file format, and in 2014, Apple buys Beats Electronics for $3 billion.

  • This Day in History, May 27

    On this day in history, in 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge opens; "The Arsenio Hall Show" broadcast its final show in 1994, and in 2014 Google unveils a self-driving car.

  • This Day in History, May 26th

    The last day of Model T production occurred in 1927 and the 1st legal casino on the east coast opened in Atlantic City in 1978.

  • This Day in History, May 22

    On this day in history, Namco's "Pac-Man" game was shown to the public in 1980, in 1992 Johnny Carson's last "Tonight Show" airs on NBC and in 2012, Yahoo sells its Alibaba stake for $7.1 billion.

  • This Day in History, May 21

    On this day in history, in 1881, the American Red Cross is founded, in 1927, Charles Lindberg completes the first solo flight across the Atlantic and in 1980,"The Empire Strikes Back" is released.

  • This Day in History, May 20

    On this day in history, in 1916, the Saturday Evening Post features Norman Rockwell's painting; Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932, and in 1993, the final episode of "Cheers" airs on NBC.

  • This Day in History, May 19

    On this day in history, in 1993 the Dow closes at 3,500 for the first time; in 1999, "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" makes $28 million in its opening weekend, and WorldCom agrees to pay investors $500 million for accounting scandal in 2003.

  • This Day in History, May 18

    On this day in history, in 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed emperor of France; in 1951, the United Nations moves it headquarters to New York City, and in 1998, the U.S. government and several states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.

  • This Day in History, May 15

    On this day in history, in 1951, AT&T becomes the first corporation to have one million stockholders, in 1990, Van Gogh's "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" sold for $82.5 million, and Apple announces plans to operate a chain of retail stores in 2001.

  • This Day in History, May 14

    On this day in history, in 1985 the first McDonald's becomes a fast food business museum, the final episode of "Seinfeld" airs in 1998, and in 2007, Daimler Chrysler sells most of Chrysler for $7.4 billion.

  • This Day in History, May 13

    On this day in history, Velcro's trademark is registered in 1958, in 2003, a new $20 bill get a makeover, and in 2005, Malcolm Glazer completes takeover of Manchester United for $1.4 billion.

  • This Day in History, May 12

    On this day in history, the world's first programmable computer is unveiled in 1941, in 1970, Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run, and in 2008, a first class stamp increases to 42 cents.

  • This Day in History, May 11

    On this day in history, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences was founded in 1927; in 1997 IBM's Deep Blue computer beats world chess champion Garry Kasparov, and in 1998 a French mint produces the first batch of euro coins.

  • This Day in History, May 8

    On this day in history, the United States Post Office was established in 1794; Paramount Pictures was formed in 1914, and in 1961 the Mets was chosen as the name for New York's new baseball franchise.

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