Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1775 – John Hancock is elected president of the Second Continental Congress (More info)

1844 – Samuel Morse transmits the first telegraph message: “What hath God wrought?” (More info)

1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City opens after 14 years of construction (More info)

1958 – United Press International is formed (More info)

1994 – Four men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing are each sentenced to 240 years in prison (More info)