In 1948, WBAL-TV broadcasted for the first time from its studio on North Charles Street, becoming the second TV station in Maryland. WMAR-TV was the first, having launched in October of 1947. (Baltimore Sun photo, 1979)
1888: The "Blizzard of '88" struck the northeastern United States, resulting in about 400 deaths.
1917: British forces captured Baghdad in World War I.
1959: The Lorraine Hansberry drama "A Raisin in the Sun" opened at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theater.
1997: Rock star Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
2002: Two columns of light soared skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.