(1812) Earthquake causes Mississippi River to flow backwards
The last of four massive earthquakes that began the previous December strikes in what will be the state of Missouri with a force strong enough to spawn a fluvial tsunami, causing the mighty Mississippi River to run backwards for many hours..
(1935) Beloved board game Monopoly debuts
Parker Brothers begins selling a board game centered on buying and selling property, with locale names based on the names of streets in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It will become one of history’s best-selling board games. .
(1964) British Invasion begins as Fab Four land in US
British rock n’ rollers The Beatles land at New York’s Kennedy Airport, where fans welcome the quartet with a high-pitched hysteria that will become a hallmark of the ‘British Invasion.’.
(2009) Bushfires cause a Black Saturday in Australia
An unrelenting heat wave, lightning, and arson contribute to a conflagration of bushfires near Melbourne, Australia, the worst in the continent’s recorded history. The fires will kill 173 and injure 414..