In 1995, The Orioles’ Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig’s record. (Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun photo)
1522: Ferdinand Magellan’s ship the Vittoria returns to Spain, completing the first voyage around the world. (Magellan himself was killed in the Philippines.)
1869: The first westbound train arrives in San Francisco over the Transcontinental Railroad.
1901: President William McKinley is shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y.; he dies eight days later and is succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.
1991: The Soviet Union...