TODAY IN HISTORY
Oct. 9, 1776
A group of Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco.
ALSO ON THIS DATE
The public was first admitted to the Washington Monument.
A coal dust explosion at the Starkville Mine in Colorado left 56miners dead.
The Belgian city of Antwerp fell to German forces during World War I.
Laura Ingalls became the first woman to fly across the United States as she completed a nine-stop journey from Roosevelt Field, N.Y., to Glendale, Calif.