On this day …


  • In 1794, Eli Whitney was granted a patent for the cotton gin.
  • In 1900, the U.S. Congress voted to put the United States on the gold standard.
  • In 1903, the Hay-Herran Treaty granted the United States the right to build the Panama Canal.
  • In 1942, Anne Miller became the first patient in the United States to be treated with penicillin.
  • In 1967, the body of President John F. Kennedy was moved to its permanent burial place in Arlington National Cemetery.