The Only Things That Happened on This Day in History
1822 Florida became a U.S. territory.
1870 The 15th amendment to the Constitution, giving black men the right to vote, was declared in effect.
1867 Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million, a deal roundly ridiculed as “Seward’s Folly.”
1964 The TV game show “Jeopardy!” premiered on NBC.
1981 President Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr.