Video: 'The Brooklyn Bridge - Modern Marvels' (May 24, 1883, at 40:35)
(Thursday, May 24, 1883) — The Brooklyn Bridge, linking New York City and Brooklyn by spanning the East River, was dedicated today by President Chester Alan Arthur and New York Gov. Grover Cleveland. With a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m), it was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its (until 1903) and the first steel-wire suspension bridge.
Video: 'Tchaikovsky's famous 1812 Overture'
(Sunday, August 20, 1882) — Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, written in 1880 to commemorate Russia’s defense of their fatherland against Napoleon’s invading Grande Armée in 1812, premiered today in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
The overture is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire, ringing chimes, and brass fanfare finale.
Video: 'The Hatfields and McCoys - A Documentary' (Ellison Hatfield attacked at 2:15)
(Monday, August 7, 1882) — The famous feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky erupted into full-scale violence today when when Ellison Hatfield, brother of William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, was fatally wounded by three of Roseanna McCoy’s young brothers (Tolbert, Pharmer and Bud) during an election day fight that took place in Kentucky.
(Monday, January 30, 1882) — Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the U.S. during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war, was born today in the Hudson Valley town of Hyde Park, New York.
The only American president elected to more than two terms, he facilitated a durable coalition that realigned American politics for decades.
Clip from 'Wyatt Earp' (1994)
(Wednesday, October 26, 1881, 3 p.m. local time) — Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and “Doc” Holliday confronted Ike Clanton’s gang today in a gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, generally regarded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the Old West.
Three members of Clanton’s gang were killed. Earp’s brothers were wounded.
(Tuesday, September 20, 1881, 2:15 a.m.) — U.S. Vice President Chester A. Arthur, 51, took the oath of office (as administered by Judge John R. Brady of the New York Supreme Court) today as the 21st President of the United States at his Lexington Avenue home in New York City.
Arthur succeeded to presidency some four hours after the death of President James A. Garfield who had died late Sept. 19, 1881, from gunshot wounds received July 2, 1881.