Today in history
1685: King Louis XIV signed the Edict of Fontainebleau, revoking the Edict of Nantes that had established legal toleration of France's Protestant population.
1767: The Mason-Dixon line, the boundary between colonial Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, was set as Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon completed their survey.
1867: The United States took formal possession of Alaska from Russia.
1892: The first long-distance telephone line between New York and Chicago was opened.
1922: The British Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (later the British Broadcasting Corp.) was founded.
1954: Texas Instruments unveiled the Regency TR-1, the first commercially produced transistor radio.
1962: James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were honored with the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for determining the double-helix molecular structure of DNA.