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  • In 1778, South Carolina became the second state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
  • In 1859, Wallachia and Moldavia were united as an autonomous region, setting the stage for the modern Romanian state.
  • In 1909, Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announced the creation of Bakelite, the world’s first synthetic plastic.
  • In 1917, the current constitution of Mexico was adopted.
  • In 1919, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith founded United Artists.
  • In 1958, a hydrogen bomb was lost by the U.S. Air Force off the coast of Georgia, never to be recovered.
  • In 1971, the Apollo 14 mission landed on the moon.
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