In 1666, the first blood transfusion took place in London. Blood from one dog was transfused into another.
In 1832, the first horse-drawn streetcar made its appearance in New York City.
In 1889, newspaper reporter Nellie Bly set off to break the fictional record of voyaging around the world in 80 days set by Jules Verne's character Phileas Fogg. She made the trip in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.
In 1926, the NBC radio network made its debut.
In 1940, German planes bombed Coventry, England, destroying or damaging 69,000 buildings.
In 1972, for the first time in its 76-year history, the Dow Jones industrial average closed at more than 1,000.
In 1984, former Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon went to court in New York with a $50 million libel suit against Time magazine. He lost after a two-month trial.
In 1986, the White House acknowledged the CIA role in secretly shipping weapons to Iran.
In 1988, the PLO proclaimed an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, endorsing a renunciation of terrorism and an implicit recognition of Israel.
In 1990, a gunman in Dunedin, New Zealand, killed 12 neighbors and was killed by police in the nation's worst mass slaying.
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