ON THIS DAY
1795 – James Polk is born: On this day in 1795, James Knox Polk is born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
1865 – Warren G. Harding is born: On this day in 1865, Warren Gamaliel Harding, the future 29th American president, is born in Corsica, Ohio.
1889 – North Dakota and South Dakota are admitted as the 39th and 40th U.S. states.
1920 – In the United States, KDKA of Pittsburgh starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station. The first broadcast is the result of the United States presidential election, 1920.
1947 – In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the “Spruce Goose”), the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.
1967 – Vietnam War: US President Lyndon B. Johnson and “The Wise Men” conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war.
1983 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
2016 – The Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, ending the longest Major League Baseball championship drought at 108 years.