Today in history, Mack Sennett’s first “Keystone Cops” film debuts, Cohen Collects a Debt in 1912.
Today in history, Gerrie Coetzee (Gerhardus Coetzee) (see picture below), a boxer from South Africa becomes the first boxer from the African continent to win a world heavyweight tittle (World Boxing Association) in 1983.
Today in history, The first public version of the Mozilla Firefox browser is released; originally called Phoenix 0.1 its name was changed due to trademark issues with Phoenix Technologies in 2002.
Today in history, Congress passes the Judiciary Act of 1789, establishing a strong federal court system with the powers it needs to ensure the supremacy of the Constitution and federal law. The new Supreme Court will have a chief justice and five associate justices in 1789.
Today in history, Noel Coward’s comedy Private Lives opens in London starring Gertrude Lawrence and Coward himself in 1930.
Today in history, The Soviet Luna 16 (see picture below) lands, completing the first unmanned round trip to the moon in 1970.
Today in history, Congress proposes 12 new amendments to the Constitution in 1789.
Today in history, The 12th Amendment is ratified, changing the procedure of choosing the president and vice-president in 1804.
Today in history, The first National Aeronautic Show opens at Madison Square Garden in 1909.
Today in history, Sir Francis Drake returns to Plymouth, England, aboard the Golden Hind, after a 33-month voyage to circumnavigate the globe in 1580.
Today in history, Scotland Yard, the official British criminal investigation organization, is formed in 1829.
Today in history, Richard M. Nixon meets with Emperor Hirohito in Anchorage, Alaska, the first-ever meeting of a U.S. President and a Japanese Monarch in 1972.