1816 – Author Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre) was born in Yorkshire, England.
1836 – During the Texan War for independence, the Texas militia under Sam Houston launched a surprise attack against the Mexican army.
1838 – John Muir, an advocate for the protection of American wild lands, was born in Dunbar, Scotland.
1856 – The first rail train to pass over the Mississippi River between Davenport, IA, and Rock Island, IL, made its journey across a newly completed bridge between the two rail centers.
1895 – Woodville Latham demonstrated the first use of a moving picture projected on a screen in New York City.
1976 – A Cadillac convertible, the ‘last’ American-made rag-top automobile, rolled off the assembly line at GM’s Cadillac production facility in Detroit, MI, ending a tradition that began in 1916.
1989 – Chinese students began protesting in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to advocate for democratic reforms.