1729 – Catherine the Great (Catherine II) of Russia was born in Stettin, Prussia.
1887 – Hannibal W. Goodwin of Newark, NJ applied for a patent for celluloid photographic film.
1903 – Dr. Benjamin Spock, author of The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, was born in New Haven, CT.
1941 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed to let regular scheduling of TV broadcasts by commercial TV stations begin on July 1, 1941.
1972 – J. Edgar Hoover, leader of the FBI for nearly 50 years, died.