On this day in 1974, India became the 6th country to become a nuclear power. India successfully detonated its first nuclear weapon making India the world's sixth nuclear power joining the existing the 5 existing Nuclear Powers of United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, China, and France. The Nuclear Bomb was a bomb similar in explosive power to the U.S. atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
In 1642, The city of Montreal was founded by the French.
In 1652, In Rhode Island, a law was passed that made slavery illegal in North America. It was the first law of its kind.
In 1798, The first Secretary of the U.S. Navy was appointed. He was Benjamin Stoddert.
In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate.
In 1950, 12 nations agree to the creation of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation / NATO a permanent organisation for the defence of the United States and Europe. The 12 nations included in the beginning are Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Britain, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the United States.
In 1953, The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, Jacqueline Cochran, piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour.
In 1980, Mount St. Helens, in Washington state, erupted after being dormant for 123 years.