On this day in 1847, William Clayton invented the odometer.

In 1870, Manitoba became a province of Canada.

In 1888, Charles Sherrill of the Yale track team became the first runner to use the crouching start for a fast break in a foot race.

In 1926, The airship Norge became the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.

In 1937, Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London.

In 1999, Russian President Boris Yeltsin dismissed Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and named Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin as his successor.