On this day in 2004 search engine Google became public on Wall Street. It has gone on to have one of the most successful runs as a publicly traded stock reaching as high as $640 a share. Google is the most popular search engine on the internets, and provides millions of people a gateway to the world wide web. Careful though, big brother is watching what you type!
On this day in 1934 Adolf Hitler became the president of Germany. He was already chancellor at the time, and this consolidation of power paved the way for Hitler's quest to conquer Europe and get revenge for what happened to Germany after WWI. For all intents and purposes he was dictator for life.
On this day in 1812 the USS Constitution battles the HMS Guerriere' off the coast of Nova Scotia, earning its nickname "Old Ironsides". The Constitution was able to repel several broadside attacks, with many of the enemy cannonballs bouncing off the sides of the ship. The United States navy was almost non-existent at this time, so a victory of any kind was huge for moral. The war would drag on for another 2 and a half years and American's would chalk it up as a victory with the battle of New Orleans. I disagree. #1 The battle of New Orleans took place after the war had ended. #2 Any war where the enemy burns your capitol to the ground and you don't even set foot in their country is a loss.