240 BC: Halley's
Comet first recorded sighting
Chinese astronomers reported a broom-shaped “star” in the sky, which is now recorded as the first perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
1858: Pencil with
Hyman L Lipman of Philadelphia, United States, received a patent for a pencil with
an attached eraser.
1867: US buys
Alaska from Russia
William H Seward, US secretary of state under the Andrew Johnson administration, signed the Alaska Purchase, buying the state for $7.2 million.
1949: Indian state
of Rajasthan formed
The state of Rajasthan was established and Jaipur was made its capital. The day is celebrated as Rajasthan Day.
1981: US President Reagan’s assassination attempt
John W Hinckley shot and wounded US President Ronald Reagan barely two months after the latter took office.