In 1842, ether was used as an anesthetic during surgery for the first time. In 1867, the U.S. purchased Alaska for $7.2 million. In 1964, the TV show Jeopardy! premiered on NBC, with original host Art Fleming. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr.
Francisco Goya (1746-1828), painter; Vincent van Gogh (1853-90), painter; Warren Beatty (1937- ), actor/director; Eric Clapton (1945- ), musician/songwriter; Celine Dion (1968- ), singer; Secretariat (1970-89), racehorse; Norah Jones (1979- ), singer/musician; Samantha Stosur (1984- ), tennis player; Chris Sale (1989- ), baseball player
In 2008, President George W. Bush threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals' new stadium.
The purchase of Alaska—initially ridiculed by some as "Seward's Folly"—added 663,267 square miles to the U.S. for less than $11 per square mile.
"As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed." – Vincent van Gogh