1850 - The United States Congress outlaws flogging.
1892 - A football game was played in Mansfield, PA. The game, between Mansfield State Normal School and Wyoming Seminary, was the first one in the U.S. to be played at night.
1939 - The final broadcast of The Fleischmann Hour was heard on radio. The star of the show, Rudee Vallee, wrapped things up after a decade of entertaining radio. The Fleischmann Hour was sponsored by Fleischmann’s Yeast.
1944 - First TV Musical comedy (The Boys from Boise) .
1954 - George Harrison Shull dies. An American botanist, he is frequently called the 'father of hybrid corn.'
1955 - “The following program is brought to you in living color on NBC.” The World Series was seen in all its colorful glory for the first time this day. The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first game, 6-5.
1963 - Giuseppe Cantarella roller-skates a record 41.5 kph for 440 yds.
1968 - Alberto Giolani of Italy roller skates record 23.133 miles in 1 hour. Naomi Watts born.
2002 - Edwina Currie reveals she had love affair with John Major.
2004 - listen. established.