1856 - Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was born in Freiberg, Moravia . "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." He said that while hopped up on Cocaine. Nah, he didn’t. He did. I think my mom is hot.
1862 – Henry David Thoreau, American author and philosopher wanders into the wood.
"That government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have."
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
1877 – Chief Crazy Horse and his band of Oglala Sioux surrender to the United States troops at Camp Sheridan.
1889 – The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
1937 – The German airship Hindenburg, the largest dirigible ever built, explodes while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people died in the fiery accident, although fifty-six people managed to survive.
The dirigible was built to be the fastest, largest and most luxurious flying vessel of its time. It was more than 800 feet long, had a range of 8,000 miles, could carry 97 passengers. At 7:25 p.m. local time, the Hindenburg caught fire and quickly became engulfed in flames. A chain reaction caused the entire vessel to burn instantly.
"Oh, oh, oh. It s burst into flames. Get out of the way, please . . . this is terrible . . . it s burning, bursting into flames, and is falling . . . Oh! This is one of the worst . . . it s a terrific sight . . .oh, the humanity." – Herbert Morrison, describing the events, as broadcasted to WLS radio.
1940 – John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.
2001 - Grandpa Pope, during a trip to Syria, became the first pope to enter a mosque.