On this day:

1957 Hamilton Electric 500, the first electric watch, is available

1959 Alaska becomes the 49th U.S. state after being bought from Russia

1994 Millions of people from the former Apartheid Homelands gain South African citizenship

Born on this day:

1892 J. R. R. Tolkien, English philologist, author

Gone on this day:

2010 Mary Daly, American philosopher, theologian