1798 – Believing that a French invasion of Ireland was imminent, Irish nationalists rose up against the British occupation.
1844 – Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America’s first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD. The message was “What hath God wrought?”
1930 – Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly from England to Australia.
1941 – The HMS Hood was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic. Only three people survived.
1976 – Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington.
2011 – NASA announced the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) spacecraft. It is intended to facilitate exploration of the Moon, asteroids and Mars.