Today in history, Caesar (see picture below) defeats Pharnaces at Zela in Syria and declares, “veni, vidi, vici,” (I came, I saw, I conquered) in 47 BC.
Today in history, The treaty of Passau gives religious freedom to Protestants living in Germany in 1552.
Today in history, The first parachute jump from a balloon is made by Charles Guille in New York City in 1819.
Today in history, William A. Leidesdorff (see picture below) launches the first steam boat in San Francisco Bay in 1847.
Today in history, Lt. John F. Kennedy, towing an injured sailor, swims to a small island in the Solomon Islands. The night before, his boat, PT-109, had been split in half by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri in 1943.
Today in history, Iraqi forces invade neighboring Kuwait in 1990.