1776 – Nathan Hale, spied on British for American rebels, arrested.
1837 – Charles Tiffany founds his jewelry and china stores.
1872 – John Henry Conyers of South Carolina becomes first black student at Annapolis.
1895 – America’s first automotive producer, the Duryea Motor Wagon Company, is founded by Charles and J. Frank Duryea.
1897 – NY Sun runs famous “Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus” editorial.
1902 – First cowboy film “Kit Carson” premieres in US.
1905 – Atlanta Life Insurance Co forms.
1928 – “My Weekly Reader” magazine made its debut.
1938 – The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll is estimated at 500-700 people.
1950 – George Marshall sworn in as the 3rd Secretary of Defense of United States.
1958 – 1st airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours, lands, Dallas Tx.
1961 – Maiden flight of he CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.
1964 – The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the world’s first Mach 3 bomber, makes its maiden flight from Palmdale, California.
1970 – New York Times starts first modern op-ed page.
1976 – Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Chilean socialist government of Salvador Allende, overthrown in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet.
1981 – Sandra Day O’Conner becomes the first female US Supreme Court Justice.
1985 – American CIA case officer Edward Lee Howard flees to Russia after being identified as a KGB agent.
1997 – Mike Piazza is 2nd to hit a HR out of Dodger Stadium.
2008 – Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the two last remaining independent investment banks on Wall Street, become bank holding companies as a result of the subprime mortgage crisis.
2016 – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledge $3 billion to medical research to “cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century”
2017 – Discovery of the first brainless animal that sleeps, the jellyfish Cassiopea, research published in “Current Biology” by Caltech scientists.