Tuesday, March 29, 2005
1638: Under auspices of the New Sweden Company, an expedition under Peter Minuit establishes the first European settlement in what is now Delaware, which the new colonists call Nya Sverige, or "New Sweden."
1790: Virginia lawyer and future President John Tyler is born, the son of Governor John Tyler, at Charles City County, Virginia. His two vetoes of Henry Clay's proposed national banking act will lead to him becoming the only sitting U.S. president to be expelled from his own political party.
1806: The first U.S. national highway, called the Great National Pike (but better known as the Cumberland Road) is authorized, to run from Cumberland, Maryland, to what is now Vandalia, Illinois.
1867: Queen Victoria gives Royal Assent to the British North America Act, which will establish the Dominion of Canada.
1918: Samuel Moore Walton, who will turn a single Ben Franklin franchise store in Newport, Arkansas, into the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, is born near Kingfisher, Oklahoma.
1955: Future Football Hall of Famer and sausage impresario Earl Campbell is born at Tyler, Texas. His "Earl Campbell Hot Links" are about the best thing you can put on a bun.
1972: Joseph Arthur Rank, the Methodist Sunday School teacher who started his own film company to make "family oriented" films that would compete with "crass" Hollywood Productions and built it into the Rank Organisation, dies at Winchester, Hampshire.
1961: The 23rd amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified. Who knows which one this is?
1993: Catherine Callbeck becomes the first female premier in Canadian history when she becomes premier of Prince Edward Island.
1999: The Dow Jones Industrial Average crosses the 10,000 mark for the first time.