Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1838 – Samuel Morse demonstrates his telegraph system for the first time (More info)

1907 – Maria Montessori opens her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome, Italy (More info)

1929 – Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta, India to begin her work among India’s poorest and sick people (More info)

1994 – Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the knee at the US Figure Skating Championships by the husband and friends of rival skater Tonya Harding (More info)

2001 – After a bitterly contested election, Vice President Al Gore presides over a joint session of Congress that certifies George W. Bush as the winner of the 2000 election (More info)


New Mexico became our 47th state on this day in 1912, and Wheel of Fortune debuted in 1975 with Chuck Woolery as host and Susan Stafford was the letter turner.  Pat Sajak and Vanna White took over in 1981.