1779 Francis Alison, the founder of the University of Delaware, died in Philadelphia.

1948 Catholic Bishop FitzMaurice visited Seaford for the cornerstone laying ceremony of the new Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

1962 A storm stripped $500,000 worth of fill placed on the beaches at Rehoboth and Bethany since the previous March storm.

1971 Lt. Gen. John W. "Iron Mike" O'Daniel, World War II hero, returned to Newark to settle the estate of his aunt Miss Etta J. Wilson.

Today's facts were compiled by historian Roger Martin and brought to you by the Delaware Public Archives.