1848: Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union.
1953: Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
1961: A couple in Paynesville, W. Va., became the first recipients of food stamps under a pilot program created by President John F. Kennedy.
1999: Discovery became the first shuttle to dock at the International Space Station.