1786 – 1st newspaper published west of Alleghenies, Pitts Gazette.
1847 – Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States.
1899 – 1st motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY.
1905 – US Secretary of State William Howard Taft makes secret agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Katsura agreeing to Japanese free rein in Korea in return for non-interference with the US in the Philippines.
1907 – Sir Robert Baden-Powell forms Boy Scouts in England.
1914 – 1st transcontinental phone link made between New York City and San Francisco.
1927 – 1st iron lung installed (Bellevue hospital, NY)
1932 – Great Depression in Washington, D.C., U.S. troops dispense the last of the “Bonus Army” of World War I veterans.
1947 – Gas leak explodes in a beauty, 10 women die in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
1953 – US bomber shot down by Soviet Air Defense Forces in the Sea of Japan, north of Viadivostok.
1955 – Smokey Burgess hits 3 HRs to help Pirates beat Reds, 16-5.
1958 – US President Eisenhower signs into law National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958.
1959 – First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union.
1969 – Mariner 6 begins transmitting fare-encounter photos of Mars.
1974 – 2nd impeachment vote against Nixon by House Judiciary Committee.
1975 – Gerald Ford became 1st US President to visit Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.
1983 – Steve Garvey ends his NL record 1,207 consecutive game streak.
1996 – The controversial child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act (1996) is struck down as too broad by a U.S. federal court.
2015 – Microsoft launches Windows 10.
2016 – Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for US President at Democratic convention in Philadelphia – first woman by a major US party.