1909 - Orville Wright tested the U.S. Army’s first airplane, flying himself and a passenger for 1 hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds over Fort Myer, Va. His passenger was Lt. Benjamin Foulois, who would be a captain when he was named to command the First Aero Company – the precursor of the U.S. Air Force – which he helped form and commanded at Fort Sill in 1915.
1917 - Col. William J. Snow of the 4th Field Artillery reported for duty as the commandant of the School of Fire for Field Artillery to provide trained field artillery officers for combat duty in France during World War I.
1940 - Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon “A Wild Hare.” Three years later, Bugs would be made an honorary corporal of the U.S. Marine Corps after the release of “Super Rabbit” in which he was portrayed as a parody of Superman. In the cartoon, Bugs abandoned his colorful costume, faced the camera, and proclaimed “This looks like a job for a real Superman!” Then he reappeared from a phone booth wearing the uniform of the U.S. Marine Corps. His former antagonists snapped to attention and saluted Bugs as he marched into the horizon singing the Marine Corps Hymn.
1953 - The Korean War ended. During the war the Chinese fired approximately 705,000 rounds of artillery while the U.N. artillery fired approximately 4,711,120 rounds.
1974 - The House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to recommend President Nixon’s impeachment on a charge that he had personally engaged in a “course of conduct” designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.