1867 – Alaska Purchase: US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia, having paid $7.2 million.
1878 – Edison makes electricity available for household use.
1898 – American flag raised in Puerto Rico.
1921 – Charles Strite granted US patent #1,394,450 for his invention, the automatic pop-up toaster.
1924 – Notre Dame beats Army 13-7, NY Herald Tribune dubs them (4 horsemen)
1931 – American gangster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion.
1942 – Hitler orders captured allied commandos to be killed.
1952 – Date of the first Mad Magazine issue.
1954 – Hurricane Hazel becomes most severe to ever hit the US, killing 195 in US and Canada.
1955 – Track & Field names Jesse Owens all-time track athlete.
1960 – Casey Stengel retired by NY Yankees (won 10 pennants in 12 years)
1967 – MLB American League votes to allow Kansas City Athletics to move to Oakland, California & expand league to 12 teams in 1971 with Kansas & Seattle teams – later accelerated to 1969 due to pressure from Kansas City politicians.
1973 – Congress authorizes bi-centennial quarter, half-dollar & dollar coin.
1988 – “Roseanne” TV comedy starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf premieres in the US on ABC.
1989 – US 62nd manned space mission STS34 (Atlantis 5) launches into orbit.
1992 – 1st non-American team to win a Baseball World Series game: Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta Braves, 5-4 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
2001 – Crude Oil for November delivery falls to its lowest level since August 1999 on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX)
2009 – QB Tom Brady throws five second quarter touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans, an NFL record for touchdown passes in one quarter.
2016 – US White House says it is “confident” Russia behind recent email hacking and attempts to influence US election.
2019 – 1st all-female spacewalk by NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir outside the International Space Station.