This was 237th day of the year and 128 days remained in the year.
New Orleans was founded by French settlers and named after the Duke of Orleans.
Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel. It took him 21 hours and 45 minutes.
The Department of the Interior created the National Park Service to manage and preserve national parks and monuments for future generations.
NASA launched the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope.
Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy, a fixture in the Senate for 46 years, dies of brain cancer at the age of 77.
Edward "Ted" Kennedy, who served as a Democratic senator from Massachusetts since 1962, dies. He was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2008.
The first human to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, died after suffering complications from a heart bypass.
Note: Dates in the Islamic calendar are provided for planning purposes only, and calculated with the hdate Islamic calendar program for moonrise in Boston, Masschusetts. Depending on your location and other factors, this result may differ from actual religious observances by one day. Please consult your local religious authority for any religious determinations of hejiric date.