1779 – Congress establishes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
1903 – Dorothy Schiff, owner and publisher of the New York Post, is born. She sold the Post for an estimated $30 million to Rupert Murdock in 1976.
1904 – Hilde Bruch is born. She escaped from Nazi Germany in 1933 to England and then America. Her pioneer work made her the leading expert in eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa.
1918 – US Army mess cook Private Albert Gitchell of Fort Riley, Kansas becomes the first documented case of a new flu. It’s the start of a worldwide pandemic that killed 50-100 million/
1921 – Charlotte Friend, a microbiologist in the 1950s at Sloan-Kettering Institute, was born today. She discovered a link between defective maturation and tumor growth in mice — discoveries that were critical in establishing the role of viruses in some cancers.
1941 – FDR signs the Lend-Lease Bill which lends money to Britain for their war effort.
1968 – Otis Redding is the first person in the US to posthumously receive gold record for his single “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay”
1985 – Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader.
1997 – The ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space.
2006 – Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as the first female president of Chile.
2011 – 8.9 earthquake hits Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and causing the second worst nuclear accident in history at Fukushima nuclear plant.
2018 – Superhero movie “The Black Panther” becomes the fifth Marvel movie to earn $1 billion worldwide.
COVID-19 declared a pandemic by the head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, with 121,564 cases worldwide and 4,373 deaths.
NBA suspends 2019-20 season until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for COVID-19.
President Trump announces 30-day ban on travel to the US.
Dow Jones drops 20%
Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for a criminal sex act and rape in New York