1882 – Because of anti-monopoly laws, Standard Oil is organized as a trust.
1900 – John Hay announced the Open Door Policy to promote trade with China.
1906 – Willis Carrier receives a US patent for the world’s first air conditioner.
1921 – 1st religious service radio broadcast in US, KDKA-Pittsburgh.
1929 – US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls.
1932 – Young gang shoot dead 6 police in Springfield Missouri.
1934 – 1st liquor stores open, in Pennsylvania.
1941 – World Was II: The U.S. government announces its Liberty ship program to build freighters in support of the war effort.
1943 – University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team begins 129 home game winning streak that only ends in 1955; incorporates NCAA titles in 1948, 1949 and 1951.
1952 – “Pal Joey” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 542 performances.
1960 – Senator John F. Kennedy, announces his candidacy for the US Presidency.
1965 – Martin Luther King, Jr. begins a drive to register black voters.
1965 – New York Jets sign future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath to a $427,000 contract over three years (pro football record at the time)
1969 – Australian Rupert Murdock gains control of the ‘News of the World’
1982 – “The Epic in Miami”, in 85 degree heat (F), the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, a game that set numerous playoff scoring records.
1990 – Dow Jones hits record 2,800 (2,810.15)
1999 – A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13 degrees (F); 68 deaths are reported.
2017 – US House Republicans vote to ‘gut’ the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, a public uproar forces them to back down the next day.
2019 – Apple CEO Tim Cook blames below expectation Chinese iPhone sales for downturn in company’s outlook, rocking international stock markets.