The Only Things That Happened On This Day In History
1789 George Washington took office in New York as the first president of the United States.
1803 The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France.
1859 The novel “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens was first published in serial form in a literary magazine.
1900 Hawaii was organized as a U.S. territory.
1900 Train engineer John Luther “Casey” Jones of the Illinois Central Railroad died in a wreck near Vaughan, Miss., after staying at the controls in an effort to save the passengers. (The event was immortalized in song.)
1993 Top-ranked women’s tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a man who ran onto the court during a match in Hamburg, Germany.