Hermann Hesse once said: To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. I agree. Let us proceed:
1785-US Congress unanimously resolves the name of US currency to the “dollar” and adopts decimal coinage.
1858-Lyman Blake patented the shoe manufacturing machine.
1885-Louis Pasteur successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine. The child used in the test later became the director of the Pasteur Institute.
1905-Fingerprints were exchanged for the first time between officials in Europe and the U.S. The person in question was John Walker.
1923-The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was established.
1957-Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. She was the first black athlete to win the event.
1966-Malawi became a republic within the Commonwealth with Dr. Hastings Banda as its first president.
1967-After Biafra gains independence from Nigeria forces war breaks out between Nigeria and Biafra but Nigerian forces capture the provincial capital of Owerri and Biafra is forced to surrender.
1983-The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that retirement plans could not pay women smaller monthly payments solely because of their gender.
1997-In Cambodia, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen ousted First Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh and claimed to have the capital under his control.
1998-The arguments over the NHS making Viagra available on the NHS continues to increase, with the Viagra impotence pill for men costing £18 per pill.
2000-Saudi Arabia has announced it may well break from OPEC after the price of crude oil tripled in just 18 months, from $10.00 a barrel to $30.00 a barrel causing concerns over a world wide recession due to inflation pressures.
2000-A jury awarded former NHL player Tony Twist $24 million for the unauthorized use of his name in the comic book Spawn and the HBO cartoon series. Co-defendant HBO settled with Twist out of court for an undisclosed amount.
2006-The Nathu La historic trade route between India and China was reopened after 44 years of being closed. The Nathu La pass through the Himalayas was part of the ancient trade route called the Silk Road.