The first passenger ralroad in the United States began service in Maryland.
Samuel F.B. Morse tapped out the message “What hath God wrought” in, what is still called, Morse Code. The development inaugurated America’s telegraph industry. The message was sent from Washington, DC to Baltimore, Maryland.
The new Westminster Bridge in London was completely opened.
The Brooklyn Bridge - linking Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City - officially opened. At the time, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge. It is held together with 5,296 bound-steel cables. The Brooklyn Bridge, designed by John A. Roebling, took 14 years to build. The span is 1,595 feet long, cost $16 million to construct and no, it’s not for sale!
Amy Johnson landed her Gypsy Moth plane Jason at Darwin in Northern Australia, the first woman to fly solo from England.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) began service on the "Columbian" run between New York City and Washington, DC. The passenger train was the first train with air conditioning throughout.
A previously unknown actor, Rod Steiger, starred in "Marty" on the "Goodyear Playhouse". Paddy Chayefsky wrote the original TV play and then adapted it for the Oscar-winning film.
United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
At their home in Cheyne Walk, London, singers Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were arrested for possession of pot and released on a 50-pound bail.
"Get Back," by The Beatles, zoomed to Number 1 on Billboard's record charts on this date, and remained there for 5 weeks.
Bobby Unser was first to the checkered flag for his third major victory since 1968. He won the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500. Race stewards took the win away from Unser the next day and awarded it to Mario Andretti. It was the first time a driver had been stripped of the championship. Race officials, looking at videotape, said that Unser had violated the caution light rule and penalized him one lap.
Whitney Houston’s "Greatest Love of All" was starting week number two of a three-week stay at number one.
The mother of a 16-year-old girl filed suit for damages, claiming that 25-year-old film actor Rob Lowe used his fame to seduce her daughter into appearing in a pornographic video. Neither the girl nor her father, who had custody of her, filed any charges against Lowe.