1778 – 1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge, Mass

1841 – China cedes Hong Kong to the British during the 1st Opium War

1887 – US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor

1930 – 1st radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger” (WXYZ-Detroit)

1955 – The first nuclear powered submarine, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton, Connecticut

1958 – A group attempting the 1st surface crossing of Antarctic join up at the South Pole

1965 – The US Jet Propulsion Laboratory proposes modified Apollo flight to fly around Mars & return

2009 – Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States’ first African-American president