1790, the son of a poor candle-maker died. The 15th of 17 children, he retired at age 42, then taught himself five languages, invented the lighting rod, which earned him degrees from Harvard and Yale.
1859, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville died. After nine months of traveling the United States, he wrote Democracy in America in 1835, which has been described as "the most comprehensive...analysis of character and society in America ever written."
He drafted the Declaration of Independence, was Governor of Virginia and founded the University of Virginia, and became the third President of the United States. What is his name?
"Houston, we've had a problem" were the words sent from Apollo 13, which was launched for the moon APRIL 11, 1970. Events of American Significance Remembered on the Date They Occurred.