Retro Baltimore

This Day in History: Sept. 10: Enoch Pratt was born

In 1808, Enoch Pratt was born in North Middleborough, Mass. He founded the Enoch Pratt Library, which opened in 1886. "What Baltimore needed," he said, was "...a free circulating public library, open to all citizens regardless of property or color." (Baltimore Sun files)

1608: John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.

1846: Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine.

1955: The long-running TV Western series "Gunsmoke," starring James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon, premiered on CBS.

1963: 20 black students entered Alabama public schools after a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace.

Compiled by Lori Sears and Paul McCardell.