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|1502||Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his final trip to the New World.|
|1754||The first newspaper cartoon in America appears.|
|1813||U.S. troops under William Henry Harrison take Fort Meigs from British and Canadian troops.|
|1864||Union General John Sedgwick is shot and killed by a Confederate sharpshooter during fighting at Spotsylvania. His last words are: “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist–“|
|1859||Threatened by the advancing French army, the Austrian army retreats across the River Sesia in Italy.|
|1915||German and French forces fight the Battle of Artois.|
|1926||Explorers Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole.|
|1936||Fascist Italy captures the city of Addis Abba, Ethiopia and annexes the country.|
|1946||King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy abdicates his throne and is replaced by Umberto I.|
|1962||A laser beam is successfully bounced off the moon for the first time.|
|1974||The House Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on Nixon impeachment.|