In 1962, the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 hit states along the mid-Atlantic coast. Although it wasn’t a hurricane, the storm proved to be one of the most destructive in U.S. history. Above, a beachfront motel in Ocean City is left completely destroyed after waves reached a record of 25 feet. Rehoboth Beach saw waves more than 40 feet high. (Clarence B. Garrett, Baltimore Sun photo, 1962)
1836: The Alamo in San Antonio fell to the Mexican army after a 13-day siege. All of the defenders, including Davy Crockett, were killed.
1930: Clarence Birdseye started to sell prepackaged frozen food for the first time, in Springfield, Mass.
1981: Walter Cronkite signed off for the last time as anchor of “The CBS Evening News.”
1997: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site.
Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.