Today in history, Charles II of England awards land known as Carolina in North America to eight members of the nobility who assisted in his restoration in 1663.
Today in history, In Germany, the supremely talented Johann Sebastian Bach (see picture below) publishes the Six Brandenburg Concertos in 1721.
Today in history, Mayor Van Wyck of New York breaks ground for the New York subway tunnel that will link Manhattan and Brooklyn in 1900.
Today in history, Tennessee Williams’ play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens at the Morosco Theatre in New York City in 1955.
Today in history, The Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker, spills 240,000 barrels of oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989.
Today in history, NATO planes, including stealth aircraft, attack Serbian forces in Kosovo in 1999.