|312||Constantine the Great defeats Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius at the Mulvian Bridge.|
||After a prolonged siege, the Byzantines end 300
years of Arab rule in Antioch.
||Henry III of England is crowned.
|1628||After a fifteen-month siege, the Huguenot town of La Rochelle surrenders to royal forces.|
|1636||Harvard College, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, is founded in Cambridge, Mass.|
|1768||Germans and Acadians join French Creoles in their armed revolt against the Spanish governor of New Orleans.|
|1793||Eli Whitney applies for a patent on the cotton gin, a machine which cleans the tight-clinging seeds from short-staple cotton easily and effectively--a job which was previously done by hand.|
||In a rare night attack, Confederates under Gen.
James Longstreet attack a Federal force near Chattanooga, Tennessee, hoping to
cut their supply line, the "cracker line." They fail.
||The Statue of Liberty, originally named Liberty
Enlightening the World, is dedicated at Liberty Island, N. Y., formerly Bedloe's
Island, by President Grover Cleveland
|1901||Race riots sparked by Booker T. Washington's visit to the White House kill 34.|
|1904||The St. Louis police try a new investigation method: fingerprints.|
||The German cruiser Emden, disguised as a
British ship, steams into Penang Harbor near Malaya and sinks the Russian light
|1914||George Eastman announces the invention of the color photographic process.|
|1919||Over President Wilson's veto, Congress passes the National Prohibition Act, or Volstead Act, named after its promoter, Congressman Andrew J. Volstead. It provides enforcement guidelines for the Prohibition Amendment.|
|1927||Pan American Airways launches the first scheduled international flight.|
||Italy invades Greece, launching six divisions on
four fronts from occupied Albania.
||The first B-29 Superfortress bomber mission flies
from the airfields in the Mariana Islands in a strike against the Japanese base
|1960||In a note to the OAS (Organization of American States), the United States charges that Cuba has been receiving substantial quantities of arms and numbers of military technicians" from the Soviet bloc.|