Pictured above: Martha Washington/Dominique C. Fabronius, lithographer/published by L. Prang, copyright 1864/LOC
VAV!/May 22, 2012/Contributions by Charles Kinbote
1761 - The first life insurance policy in United States was issued in Philadelphia.
1802 - The first of first ladies, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, died of a severe fever.
1803 - The first public library in the United States opened in Connecticut.
1807 - Townsend Speakman sold the first fruit flavored carbonated drinks.
1807 – A grand jury indicts former Vice President, Aaron Burr, on a charge of treason.
1819 - The SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia, United States, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The ship arrived at Liverpool, England on June 20.
1824 - Protectionist victory for Henry Clay.