1896 – 1st US absentee voting law enacted by Vermont.
1903 – Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter.
1917 – Nine police officers and one civilian are killed when a bomb explodes at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin police headquarters building..
1932 – In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
1933 – Fred Astaire’s 1st film, “Dancing Lady”, released.
1944 – US bombers based on Saipan begin 1st attack on Tokyo.
1950 – “Guys and Dolls” opens at 46th Street Theater NYC for 1200 performances.
1954 – Air Force One, 1st US Presidential airplane, christened.
1960 – Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain pulls down NBA record 55 rebounds in Warriors 132-129 defeat to Boston Celtics at Philadelphia Civic Center.
1966 – 400 die of respiratory failure & heart attacks in New York City smog, smoggiest day in city’s history..
1971 – American “Dan Cooper” hijacks plane, extorts $200,000 ransom before jumping out of plane over Washington State, never seen again.
1974 – 24th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins.
1979 – Senate report proves US troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic chemical defoliant Agent Orange.
1986 – Cards reliever Todd Worrell wins NL Rookie of Year.
1991 – Monica Seles sets female tennis record, winning prize money at $2,457,758 in a year.
1993 – End of world, according to Ukrainian sect White Brotherhood.
2013 – 41st American Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Justin Timberlake win.
2019 – Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces a late bid to be the US Democratic presidential candidate.
2020 – Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 30,000 for the first time, after formal transition to Joe Biden administration begins.