1797: Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patented a washing machine.
1834: The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
1939: The Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco.
1969: The 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington at age 78.
1979: America’s worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit Two reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa.