1836: Samuel Colt
patented his revolver. 1837: Thomas Davenport patented the first practical
electric motor. 1870:
Hiram Revels, a Republican from MS, became the first black member of
the United States Senate. 1896: German chemist
Ida Noddack, who
(named after the Rhine River), was born. 1901: United States Steel Corp. was incorporated
by J.P. Morgan. 1908: The first tunnel under the Hudson River (Hudson & Manhattan railway tunnel) opened. 1928: The
Federal Radio Commission (FRC) issued the first U.S. television license
for Jenkins Laboratories. 1933: The 1st aircraft carrier,
USS Ranger (CV-4),
was launched. 1952: Brittan's
plutonium plant began producing plutonium at Sellafield, on the Irish Sea coast. 1964:
French aircraft designer Maurice Farman died.
1987: Arthur (Art)
Collins, of Collins Radio Company, died.