Wednesday, August 3, 2005
1492: Christopher Columbus sets sail from Spain on a voyage to find the East Indies by going west.
1678: René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, completes work at Niagara Falls on the forty-five ton Le Griffon, the first ship built in America and the first to sail the Great Lakes.
1811: Elisha Graves Otis, whose development of the safety elevator will make the skyscrapers of the world's great cities possible, is born at Halifax, Vermont.
1856: Alfred Deakin is born at Melbourne, Victoria. He'll earn his law degree at the University of Melbourne but make his name as a journalist before becoming Australia’s second prime minister.
1900: The Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. is created at Akron, Ohio. It will go on to become one of the world’s biggest companies before going bankrupt in 2003.
1923: Northampton, Massachusetts lawyer Calvin Coolidge is sworn in as President of the United States following the death of President Harding.
1946: The National Basketball Association (originally called the Basketball Association of American) is founded with 11 teams: Boston Celtics, Chicago Stags, Cleveland Rebels, Detroit Falcons, New York Knickerbockers, Philadelphia Warriors, Pittsburgh Ironmen, Providence Steamrollers, St. Louis Bombers, Toronto Huskies, and Washington Capitols.
1946: British Foreign Minister John Whitaker "Jack" Straw (Leeds Law 1967) is born to a single mother in Essex.
1981: Thirteen thousand members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Association walk off the job. President Reagan fires all of them.