1825 – Ezra Daggett and nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans.
1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
1910 – US National Institute of Arts & Letters incorporated by Congress.
1922 – Geological survey says US oil supply would be depleted in 20 years.
1935 – Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first men’s briefs in Chicago, calls it the “Jockey”
1937 – Millionaire Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record (7h, 28m, 25s)
1952 – NFL purchases struggling football franchise, New York Yanks from owner Ted Collins, moves club to Dallas, Texas.
1955 – “Scrabble” debuts on the board game market.
1961 – 1st episode of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” is filmed.
1969 – 19th NFL Pro Game, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 10-7, MVP’s Roman Gabriel, LA Rams, QB, Merlin Olsen, LA Rams, DT.
1974 – Notre Dame beats UCLA, 71-70 in South Bend, Indiana to end Bruins’ NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak.
1978 – The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW’s plant in Emden, Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003.
1981 – US & Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages.
1988 – 48 Hours” premieres on CBS-TV.
1991 – Eastern Airlines shuts down operations.
2001 – Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escapes from Puente Grande maximum-security prison near Guadalajara by bribing prison guards and hiding in a laundry cart.
2012 – FBI shuts down Megaupload.com for alleged copyright infringement, hacker group Anonymous responds by attacking government and entertainment industry website.
2016 – Sarah Palin officially endorses Donald Trump’s presidential bid at a Trump rally in Ames, Iowa.
2021 – The US death toll from COVID-19 passes 400,000.