1799 – Eli Whitley receives government contract for 10,000 muskets.
1864 – General Sherman begins his march to the South.
1868 – North Carolina constitutional convention meets in Raleigh.
1932 – Racing Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro wins his 1st race.
1943 – World War II: Japan begins Operation Ke, withdrawal of its troops from Guadalcanal.
1943 – World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt travels from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill, becoming the first American president to travel overseas by airplane.
1950 – US recalls all consular officials from China.
1952 – “Today Show” premieres with Dave Galloway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV.
1954 – The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.
1956 – Little Richard releases single “Tutti Frutti”
1963 – George Wallace sworn in as Governor of Alabama, his address states “segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!”
1969 – 25 members of US aircraft carrier Enterprise die during maneuvers.
1972 – “Sanford & Son” starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson premieres on NBC-TV.
1973 – “Aloha from Hawaii”, an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer.
1979 – US President Jimmy Carter proposes Martin Luther King’s birthday be a holiday.
1987 – Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
1995 – Mexico pledges profits from state-owned Pemex’s $7 billion-per-year oil revenues in an effort to secure US congressional approval of loan guarantees; President Clinton approves a $20-billion US, aid package for Mexico.
2008 – MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Mercury flyby.
2019 – US President Donald Trump denies he is a Russian agent after NY Times article states the FBI started an investigation and the Washington Post raised issues over a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
2020 – US game show Jeopardy “greatest of all time” tournament won by Ken Jennings.