Today in history:
1859 – Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well.
1871 – birth of Theodore Dreiser, American author who changed the shape of American literature
1874 – birth of Carl Bosch, German chemist, Nobel laureate
1883 – Krakatoa exploded, one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in recorded history
1890 – birth of Man Ray, American photographer and artist
1896 – Anglo-Zanzibar War: the shortest war in world history (09:00 to 09:45) between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar.
1908 – birth of LBJ, American president
1939 – First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world’s first jet aircraft.
1962 – The Mariner 2 unmanned space mission is launched to Venus by NASA.
2007 – Michael Vick, american football player, pleads guilty to dog fighting
2012 – YOU start your first day of classes at Saint Louis University for the 2012-2013 school year. WELCOME BACK BILLIKENS!Tweet