Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1841: James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually calls hypnotism (more info)

1927: The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first Hudson River car tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City (more info)

1956: The United States Supreme Court declares Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal, thus ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott (more info)

1970: A 150-mile-per-hour tropical cyclone hits the densely populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan, killing an estimated 500,000 people in one night in what is regarded as the 20th century's worst natural disaster (more info)

1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans (more info)