1807 The legislature authorized a ferry over the Nanticoke River at Seaford.
1873 Rev. Robert W. Todd and the Methodist Episcopal Church purchased 400 acres in present day Rehoboth Beach at just under $10,000 to establish a resort with religious influences. A yearly camp meeting was planned.
1942 The tanker Frances E. Powell was sunk by German commander Ernst Kals' U130 off the Delaware coast. Eventually, 17 survivors were brought ashore in Lewes.
1945 Amid 17-degree temperatures, Freddie Harris and Jack Palmer each received 10 lashes for robbery in New Castle, then were imprisoned for 10 years.
Today's facts were compiled by historian Roger Martin and brought to you by the Delaware Public Archives.