In 1985, the Peabody Court hotel opened in Mount Vernon. Layout, color schemes and furnishings were varied to avoid giving the guest rooms like the one above a standard appearance. (William Duty, Baltimore Sun files)
1707: A union between England and Scotland was formed, and it was named Britain.
1786: Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro" premiered in Vienna.
1931: The Empire State Building was dedicated in New York City.
1941: The Orson Welles motion picture "Citizen Kane" opened in New York.
1971: Amtrak, the national passenger rail service, began operation.