Today in history, The Peace of Breda ends the Second Anglo-Dutch War as the Dutch cede New Amsterdam to the English in 1667.
Today in history, C. H. McCormick patents the first practical reaper in 1834.
Today in history, Germany uses poison gas for the first time in warfare in the Argonne Forest in 1915.
Today in history, Baseball legend Lou Gehrig (see picture below) is forced to quit baseball because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis–a disease which wastes muscles in 1939.
Today in history, Dr. Peter Goldmark (see picture below) demonstrates his “long-playing” record in 1948.