In 1933, crowds waited in anticipation for 12:01 a.m. when the Cullen-Harrison Act would officially end Prohibition in Baltimore. Above, H. L. Mencken celebrates with a glass of Arrow Beer at the Rennert Hotel. (Frank A. Miller, Baltimore Sun file photo, 1933)

1862: Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.

1927: An audience in New York saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.

1949: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” opened on Broadway.

1957: The last of New York’s electric trolleys completed its final run from Queens to Manhattan.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.