1288 - Scotland established this day as one when a woman could propose marriage to a man. In the event that he refused the proposal he was required to pay a fine.
1860 - The first electric tabulating machine was invented by Herman Hollerith.
1904 - In Washington, DC, a seven-man commission was created to hasten the construction of the Panama Canal.
1940 - Hattie McDaniel became the first black person to win an Oscar. She won Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Mammy in "Gone with the Wind."