In 1807: The Clermont, a small steamboat designed by Robert Fulton, made the first trip with passengers from New York City to Albany.
In 1863: Federal batteries and ships bombarded Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C., harbor during the Civil War.
In 1893: Actress Mae West was born in Brooklyn. In 1935 she was considered the highest paid woman in the country, earning $481,000.
In 1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair concluded near Bethel, N.Y.
Click here to comment on this story »