What Happened Today in History
1776 George Washington asks for a spy volunteer, Nathan Hale volunteers
1813 American Naval Commander Oliver Hazard Perry defeats the British in Battle of Lake Erie
1846 Elias Howe takes out a US patent for a lockstitch sewing machine
1924 Leopold and Loeb found guilty of the murder of Robert Franks in Chicago in the "the crime of the century"
1977 Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by Guillotine in France
2008 The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in the history of mankind is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland
2020 California's August Complex wildfire becomes largest recorded in state history at 471,000 acres (736 square miles)
Historical Events Today
Today in Film & TV
1993 "The X-Files", created by Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson debuts on Fox
Today in Music
1991 Rock band Nirvana release their single "Smells like Teen Spirit", often dubbed the anthem of Generation X
Today in Sport
1972 American long distance runner Frank Shorter scores a famous win in the men's marathon in 2:12:19.8 at the Munich Olympics
Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?
London taxi driver George Smith is the first to be fined for drunk driving
Today in History in 1894
Would You Believe?
Mike the Headless Chicken is decapitated in Fruita, Colorado; he survives for another 18 months before choking to death.
Today in History in 1945