1851 – City of Des Moines, Iowa incorporated as Fort Des Moines.
1862 – US President Abraham Lincoln says he will free slaves in all states on January 1.
1903 – Italo Marchiony granted patent for ice cream cone.
1915 – Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) holds its 1st class.
1937 – Forest fire kills 14 and injures 50 in Cody, Wyoming.
1950 – Omar Bradley promoted to rank of 5-star general in the United States Army.
1957 – Duke Snider’s 39th and 40th home runs are last hit at Ebbets Field.
1958 – US nuclear submarine USS Skate remains 31 days under Pole (record)
1961 – Jim Gentile ties record of 5 grand slams in a year.
1970 – US President Richard Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI agents for college campuses.
1971 – OPEC directs members to negotiate price increases to offset the devaluation of the US dollar.
1975 – Second assassination attempt on US President Gerald Ford by Sara Jane Moore fails in San Francisco.
1986 – LA Dodger Fernando Valenzuela is 1st Mexican to win 20 games.
1987 – 2nd regular-season National Football League player strike begins.
1991 – Harry Gant wins NASCAR Goody’s 500.
1997 – Marv Albert pleads not guilty to sexual charges.
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.
2015 – Volkswagen admits that 11 million cars have been wrongly programmed to appear to emit lesser emissions than they are.
2015 – Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Seattle to start his first state visit to the US.