1894 – New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.
1936 – Semi-automatic rifles adopted by US Army.
1942 – In his 20th title defense, Joe Louis KOs Buddy Baer in the 1st round of their rematch to retain his world heavyweight boxing title at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
1942 – US Joint Chiefs of Staff created.
1945 – US soldiers led by General Douglas MacArthur invades Philippines.
1947 – Providence Steamrollers guard Dino Martin becomes the first NBA player to ever score 40 points in a game, in a 91-68 win over Cleveland Rebels at Rhode Island Auditorium.
1952 – Marines give notice they will recall Ted Williams to active duty.
1953 – Bevo Francis, Rio Grand College, scores 116 points in basketball game.
1956 – Abigail Van Buren’s (Pauline Phillips) “Dear Abby” advice column 1st appears in newspapers.
1964 – Anti-US rioting broke out in Panama Canal Zone.
1972 – Led by future Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks beat LA Lakers, 120-104, ending LAs consecutive wind streak at 33, the longest winning streak in major league sports history.
1976 – C.W. McCall DB song “Convoy” hits #1 on the country music charts.
1979 – High-school player Daryl Moreau makes 126 consecutive free throws.
1986 – After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak must give up its instant camera business.
1991 – Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame for betting on baseball.
1991 – UNC’s Dean Smith is 6th to win 700 career coaching basketball games.
1991 – Chicago’s Michael Jordan scores a game-high 40 points to lead the Bulls to a 107-99 win over Philadelphia at the Spectrum; reaches the 15,000 point mark in his career.
1998 – Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky as the best NHL player ever.
2001 – Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, or organizing and playing digital music and videos.
2007 – Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs announces the iPhone.
2018 – Former White House strategist Steve Bannon leaves Breitbart News after his criticism of the White House in “Fire and the Fury” book.