New Orleans was founded by French settlers and named after the Duke of Orleans.
Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel. It took him 21 hours and 45 minutes.
The Department of the Interior created the National Park Service to manage and preserve national parks and monuments for future generations.
NASA launched the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope.
Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy, a fixture in the Senate for 46 years, dies of brain cancer at the age of 77.
The first human to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, died after suffering complications from a heart bypass.