379 – Theodosius installed as co-emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire.
1812 – Peninsular War: After a ten-day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo.
1825 – Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett obtained a patent for a preservation process used to store food in tin cans.
1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
1955 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower held the first-ever televised presidential press conference.
1966 – Indira Gandhi elected India’s 4th Prime Minister.
1986 – Martin Luther King, Jr., Day was first celebrated as a national holiday.
2012 – The popular file-sharing computer service Megaupload was shut down by the U.S. government after several people associated with the site, including founder Kim Dotcom (Kim Schmitz), were charged with violating antipiracy laws.
2013 -Calcium deposits are discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover.
Births & Deaths: 1946 – American country music singer, guitarist, and actress Dolly Parton, who was best known for pioneering the interface between country and pop music styles, was born.
Sport: 2013 – Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories.
Music: 1853 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Il Trovatore” premieres in Rome.
TV & Film: 1955 – “The Millionaire” TV program premieres on CBS.
Via Britannica / On This Day