1836 A Mexican army overwhelms the defenders of the Alamo.
1896 Charles King tests his "horseless carriage" in Detroit, becoming the first person to drive a car in Motor City.
1876 Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for the telephone.
1965 Police attack peaceful civil rights demonstrators trying to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Alabama state troopers attack civil-rights demonstrators outside Selma, Alabama, on Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965.
Police wait for marchers to come across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965.
The 3rd Selma Civil Rights March. From far left: John Lewis, an unidentified nun; Ralph Abernathy; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Ralph Bunche; Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel; Frederick Douglas Reese. Second row: Between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Bunche is Rabbi Maurice Davis. Heschel later wrote, "When I marched in Selma, my feet were praying."
1817 The New York Stock Exchange is formally chartered.
1983 In a speech in Florida, President Ronald Reagan refers to the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," signaling that he is determined to stand fast against Communist totalitarianism. Click HERE to watch this speech via YouTube.
1862 The first battle between two ironclad ships, the Union Monitor and the Confederate Virginia (formerly the Merrimack), takes place at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
1945 U.S. bombers drop incendiary bombs on Tokyo, engulfing much of the city in a firestorm.
1785 Thomas Jefferson is appointed minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin.
1864 Abraham Lincoln promotes Ulysses S. Grant to commander of all the Union armies.
1888 One of the worst blizzards in U.S. history hits the Northeast, killing some 400 people.
2002 Two columns of light beam skyward from ground zero in New York City in tribute to, victims of the September 11, 2011, attacks.