Today in History in 1820 5th U.S. President James Monroe's daughter Maria was the first child of a President to marry in the White House; in 1838 the U.S. Mint in New Orleans began operation producing dimes; and in 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lost contact and disappeared.
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
1702 - England: Queen Anne ascends throne upon death of King William III
1817 - The New York Stock Exchange is founded.
1838 - US mint in New Orleans begins operation (producing dimes)
1867 - The British North America Act is passed in the House of Commons, and would serve as a constitution for Canada for the next 100 years
1918 - The first case of Spanish flu occurs, the start of a devastating worldwide pandemic.
1934 - Edwin Hubble photo shows as many galaxies as Milky Way has stars
1948 - US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional
1973 - The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country
2014 - Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history
1787 - Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery
1841 - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, 59th Supreme Court justice (1902-32), born in Boston, Massachusetts
1909 - Claire Trevor, [Wemlinger], actress (Marjorie Morningstar), born in NYC, New York
1921 - Cyd Charisse, [Tula Finklea], Amarillo Tx, dancer/actress (Singing in the Rain)