1883: The U.S. and Canada adopted a system of
standard time zones due a decision of the American Railway Association.
1903: The U.S. and Panama signed a treaty that granted the U.S.
rights to build the
Panama Canal. 1913: The first airplane in the U.S. to perform
a loop-the-loop was piloted by
Lincoln Beachey in San Diego, CA. 1923:
Alan Shepard, America's first man in space and one of only 12
humans who have walked on the Moon, was born. 1949:
Frank Jewett, the first president of Bell Telephone Labs, died.
1962: Nobel Prize winner
Niels Bohr, developer of the planetary Bohr atomic model, died.
1963: The first telephone in the U.S. with
push buttons instead of a rotary dial was placed in commercial
service. 1999: 12 Aggies were killed when a ritual bonfire at
Texas A&M collapsed on them during construction.