1789 – US Congress passes act requiring the first Postmaster General to report to the President through the Secretary of the Treasury.
1862 – US President Abraham Lincoln says he will free slaves in all states on January 1.
1905 – US Open Men’s Golf, Myopia Hunt GC: Willie Anderson wins his 3rd consecutive Open title, and his record 4th overall, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Alex Smith.
1911 – Cy Young beats Pittsburgh 1-0 for his final career victory, number 511.
1920 – Chicago grand jury convenes to investigate charges that 8 White Sox players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series.
1922 – US Congress passes the Cable Act, under which an American woman who marries and ‘alien’ will not lose citizenship; neither will a woman marrying an American automatically become a citizen.
1927 – Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey for the 2nd time in 10 for heavyweight boxing title; dubbed the “Long Count” fight.
1937 – Forest fire kills 14 and injures 50 in Cody, Wyoming.
1949 – WFMY TV channel 2 in Greensboro-High Point, NC (CBS) 1st broadcast.
1950 – Omar Bradley promoted to rank of 5-star general in the United States Army.
1957 – Western “Maverick” premieres on ABC television starring James Garner.
1964 – “Fiddler on the Roof” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 3242 performances.
1970 – US President Richard Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI agents for college campuses.
1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor appointed to US Supreme Court.
1985 – Rock and country musicians participate in FarmAid in Champaign, Illinois.
1987 – Dow Jones index rises record 75.23 points.
1991 – Harry Gant wins NASCAR Goody’s 500.
2006 – The F-14 Tomcat retires from the United States Navy.
2015 – Pope Francis is greeted by President Obama and Vice-President Biden as he arrives for his 6-day tour of the US.
2019 – US President Donald Trump admits he spoke to Ukrainian President about Joe Biden’s son, after a US intelligent officer made an official complaint about the call.