1607 – The first permanent British settlement in North America was founded at Jamestown, Virginia.
1643 – Four-year-old Louis XIV ascended the throne of France.
1787 – Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US Constitution
1796 – English country doctor Edward Jenner administers the first inoculation against smallpox, using cowpox pus, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire
1804 – Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s expedition commissioned by Thomas Jefferson sets out from St Louis for Pacific Coast
1948 – Israel declares independence from British administration
1973 – Skylab, the first U.S. space station, was launched.
Births & Deaths:
1998 – American singer and actor Frank Sinatra—who, through a long career and a very public personal life, became one of the most sought-after performers in the entertainment industry—died in Los Angeles.
1967 – NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits career HR #500 off Baltimore Oriole’s Stu Miller
1832 – Felix Mendelssohn’s concert overture “Hebrides” premieres in London
TV & Film:
1998 – Seinfeld’s final 2-part episode “The Finale” airs on NBC to 76.3M viewers (commercials priced at $2M for 30 seconds)
Via Britannica / On This Day