On this day in 1825, the Erie Canal opens, finally connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River and a man-made waterway spanning 425 miles. Visionary Governor DeWitt Clinton of New York led the opening ceremonies and rode the canal boat Seneca Chief from Buffalo to New York City.
On this day in 1781, The Siege of Yorktown, also known as the Battle of Yorktown, the Surrender at Yorktown, German Battle or the Siege of Little York, marks the decisive victory by a combined force of American Continental and French Army troops over an entire a British Army
On this day in 1934 the “Long March,” a tactical retreat of Mao Zedong and 60,000 Communist supporters, commences. The embattled Communists had broken through Nationalist enemy lines and began an epic flight from their hopeless siege which lasted 368 days, covered 6,000 miles, and saw Mao reascend to worshipful master status among his people.
On this day in 1973, Spiro Agnew becomes the first U.S. vice-president to resign in disgrace. That same day, he pleaded no contest to a count of federal income tax evasion in exchange for the dropping of charges of political corruption.