It was on this day in 1789 that President Washington appointed a few men to help and assist him in office. Thomas Jefferson was named the Secretary of State, Edmund Randolph the Attorney General, and Henry Knox was the Secretary of War.
While the Constitution states that the President shall be allowed official advisers, it was Washington that decided on number of departments. Today those four original offices (Department of Treasury was established earlier) have grown into fifteen. The latest, the Department of Homeland Security, was created by President GW Bush in 2002
The earliest event that Wiki says happened on this day is “46 BC – Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus” and the most recent is “2009 – Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.”
A few other things that also took place on this day are:
1872 – In NYC, the Shriners organize their first temple.
1892 – First concert by John Philip Sousa’s band.
1957 – West Side Story opens on Broadway.
1962 – First episode of The Beverly Hillbillies is broadcast.
1969 – The Beatles release Abbey Road.
1969 – First episode of The Brady Bunch is broadcast.
Happy birthday to Linda Hamilton, Cesar Rosas, Olivia Newton-John, Donna Douglas, and Richard Herd.