Today in history, Traditional founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu Tenno (see picture below) in 660 BC.
Today in history, Robert Fulton patents the steamboat in 1809.
Today in history, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous (see picture below), a French miller’s daughter, claims to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes in 1858.
Today in history, Walt Disney’s film Peter Pan premieres in 1953.
Today in history, A 75,000-watt light bulb is lit at the Rockefeller Center in New York, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Thomas Edison’s first light bulb in 1954.
Today in history, South African political leader Nelson Mandela is released from prison in Paarl, South Africa, after serving more than 27 years of a life sentence in 1990.