On this day…
In 1943, the Allies begin their invasion of Axis-controlled Europe with landings on the island of Sicily.
In 1962 the United States Patent Office issued the Swedish engineer Nils Bohlin a patent for his three-point automobile safety belt “for use in vehicles, especially road vehicles”.
In 1991 Boris Yeltsin sworn in as 1st elected President of the Russian Federation.
In 2012 The American Episcopal Church becomes the first to approve a rite for blessing gay marriages.