On Aug, 6, 1890, William Kemmler, convicted of killing his wife with an ax, was the first person executed in an electric chair. The switch at New York's Auburn Prison was closed for 17 seconds. But the body started to twitch and authorities, believing Kemmler was still alive, turned the current back on for another 70 seconds until the corpse started to burn.

- The first Nobel prize for economic science, presented in 1969, was awarded to Ragnar Frisch of Norway and Jan Tinbergen of the Netherlands for their work in econometrics, the application of mathematics and statistical methods to economic theories and problems.- On an average day, there are 245,727 pieces of mail added to the dead-letter file at the U.S. Postal Service. - UPI.