1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph (gramophone) to the editors of “Scientific American.”
1891 – 52nd US Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds first session.
1909 – Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry.
1917 – The USA’s 42nd ‘Rainbow’ Division arrives in France (with Colonel Douglass MacArthur among its ranks)
1926 – Gas refrigerator patented.
1934 – Wiley Post discovers the jet stream.
1941 – Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack the US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people.
1953 – WCCB-TV channel 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting.
1963 – First use of the instant replay machine invented by CBS in a US Army vs Navy football game.
1967 – Otis Redding records his song “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”, co-written and produced by guitarist Steve Cropper at Stax Studios in Memphis, TN.
1972 – Apollo 17 launched, the final manned lunar landing mission where the crew takes the famous “blue marble” photo of the entire Earth.
1980 – PGA Seniors’ Championship Men’s Golf, Turnberry Isle CC: Arnold Palmer wins with a birdie on the 1st playoff hole against Paul Harney.
1985 – 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)
1990 – Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement.
1993 – The Long Island Rail Road massacre: Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, NY.
2005 – Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of US federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.
2015 – US Presidential candidate Donald Trump proposes banning all Muslims from entering the US.
2017 – Virtual currency Bitcoin rises in value, passing $18,440 on some exchanges.
2017 – Former US gymnastics physician Larry Nasser is sentenced to 60 years on child pornography charges.
2018 – Court filings by US federal prosecutors and Special Counsel Robert Mueller against Michael Cohen appear to implicate President Donald Trump on campaign fraud and Russian dealings.