Posted: Oct 09, 2017 10:36 PM MST
Updated: Oct 09, 2017 10:36 PM MST
Jefferson Davis becomes the president of the Confederacy, Pluto is discovered, the first Church of Scientology is formed, and Dale Earnhardt dies at the Daytona 500, all on this day.
A submarine sinks a ship for the first time, "Madame Butterfly" premieres, the Basketball Hall of Fame opens, and Danica Patrick wins pole position at the Daytona 500, all on this day.
Take a look at Olympic mascots going back to 1980.