Today in history, The first legislation prohibiting gambling is enacted in Boston in 1630.
Today in history, Charles II gives large tracts of land from west of the Connecticut River to the east of Delaware Bay in North America to his brother James, the Duke of York in 1664.
Today in history, The Stamp Act is passed; the first direct British tax on the American colonists in 1765.
Today in history, British statesman Edmund Burke (see picture below) makes a speech in the House of Commons, urging the government to adopt a policy of reconciliation with America in 1775.
Today in history, Thomas Jefferson becomes the first U.S. Secretary of State in 1790.
Today in history, Horace Greeley (see picture below) publishes The New-Yorker, a weekly literary and news magazine and the forerunner of Harold Ross’ more successful The New Yorker in 1834.
Today in history, Japan proclaims that it is determined to keep Russia from encroaching on Korea in 1901.
Today in history, The first color photograph is published in the London Daily Illustrated Mirror in 1904.
Today in history, The first international airline service is inaugurated on a weekly schedule between Paris and Brussels in 1919.
Today in history, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and wine in 1933.
Today in history, The first U.S.-built rocket to leave the Earth’s atmosphere reaches a 50-mile height in 1946.