On this date in 1675, a Dutch mathematician patented a new product that was a major advancement for its time. And in 1931, a popular new comic strip was first published that still appears in newspapers today.
On this date in 1945 a 10-year-old made his first public appearance at a talent show, which would lead to him later being a legend. And in 1951, the CBS Television network went out on a limb airing a sporting event coast-to-coast.
On this date in 1954, a new late-night program debuted on NBC that has gone on to become the longest running regularly scheduled entertainment program in the United States. And in 1996, one of the worst oil spills occurred in Portland, Maine.