The first factory-built Ford Model T was completed which became affectionately known as the Tin Lizzie.
The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) becomes the worlds first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, she is still part of the US Navy but is scheduled for decommissioning in 2014 and still holds the record for the longest naval vessel in the world.
Hurricane Rita Category 3 with winds in excess of 115 MPH makes landfall between Sabine Pass, Texas, and Johnson Bayou, Louisiana. New Orleans was still cleaning up after hurricane Katrina just a month earlier and because a number of the levees were not rebuilt the city was evacuated. Hurricane Rita did not strike the city directly but the storm surges did still overwhelm some of the levees which were still under repair. The storm surge caused extensive damage along other parts of the Louisiana coast and extreme southeastern Texas completely destroying a few small coastal communities.