Today in 1969, Jimi Hendrix performed the Star-Spangled Banner on the final day of the Woodstock festival.
Today in 1877, Billy the Kid wounded a blacksmith who died later, becoming the Kid’s first murder victim.
Today in 1914, the Panama Canal opened. The first vessel through was the S.S. Ancon, an American cargo ship.
Today in 2003, a massive power outage struck the eastern U.S. and Canada, affecting 50 million people.
Today in 1997, Comedy Central launched the animated series “South Park,” based on a student film.
Today in 1883, the last quagga, a unique subspecies of the Plains Zebra, died in an Amsterdam zoo.
Today in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution was chartered by Congress, thanks to a $500K gift from a scientist.
Today in 1974, after impeachment hearings, Richard Nixon became the first U.S. President to resign.
Today in 1782, George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit (Purple Heart) to honor wounded soldiers.
Today in 1991, the 1st World Wide Web site launched, using guidelines from British scientist Tim Berners-Lee.
Today in 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor.
Today in 1693, legend has it that Dom Pierre Perignon, a French Benedictine monk, invented Champagne.
Today in 1958, the USS Nautilus, the world’s first operational nuclear submarine, reached the North Pole.
Today in 1610, Henry Hudson sailed into Hudson Bay, in search of a passage to the Pacific Ocean.