On this day in 1829 Sir Robert Peel sponsored a law in Parliament to organize London's metropolitan police force at Scotland Yard. In his honor policemen were called "bobbies", or less affectionately "peelers". Both terms are still in use today. Nowadays they are famous for their trademark hats and nightsticks. They also do not carry guns in most cases which has dramatically lowered the amount of deaths in the line of duty.
On this day in 1954 Willie Mays of the New York Giants makes the most famous catch in the history of American sports during the World Series. The over the shoulder catch was made on the run after Cleveland's Vic Wertz hit a line drive to deep center field. The Giants would go on to win the game and the World Series that year.
On this day in 1982 seven people die in the greater Chicago area after consuming Tylenol laced with cyanide. Investigators found that the capsules weren't tampered with at the factories that produced them. This meant someone had poisoned the bottles and replaced them on shelves in stores. The result of these murders was the invention of tamper-proof containers on all over the counter drugs. No one was ever caught in connection with these deaths.
On this day in 1973 Grand Funk Railroad reached #1 on the pop chart with their song "We're an American Band". The song glorifies the lifestyle of a traveling rock and roll band and the groupies that follow it around. It mentions by name the most successful groupie of all time, "Sweet" Connie Hamzy. Only in America can you be famous for sucking the dick of someone who is famous. Don't believe me? Monica Lewinsky.