1775 – African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.
1867 – Alaska Purchase: the US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia, having paid $7.2 million.
1878 – Edison makes electricity available for household use.
1922 – British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation.
1926 – American singer, songwriter, and guitarist Chuck Berry—who was one of the most popular and influential performers in rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll music in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s—was born.
1968 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono arrested for drug possession.
1967 – Walt Disney’s “Jungle Book” film is released.
1969 – Rod Stewart joins Small Faces.
2007 – After eight years of self-imposed exile, Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan, and hours later she was nearly killed when her motorcade was bombed in Karāchi; she was assassinated in December.
Via Britannica / On This Day