In 1791: King Louis XVI of France and his family attempted to flee in the so-called “Flight to Varennes,” but were caught.
In 1837: Queen Victoria acceded to the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV.
In 1863: West Virginia became the 35th state.
In 1893: a jury in New Bedford, Massachusetts, found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.
In 1921: Rep. Alice Mary Robertson, R-Okla., became the first woman to preside over a session of the House of Representatives.
In 1947: Gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was shot dead at the Beverly Hills, California, home of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill.
In 1966: the Beatles album “Yesterday and Today” was released by Capitol Records.
In 1977: The first oil began flowing through the recently completed Trans-Alaska Pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.
In 2001: Houston resident Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the family bathtub, then called police.
In 2007: George W. Bush vetoed an embryonic stem cell bill as he urged scientists toward “ethically responsible” research.