Today is the 272nd day of the year, with only 93 days remaining.
480 BC - During the Battle of Salamis, The Greek fleet under Themistocles defeats the Persian fleet under Xerxes I.
1789 AD - The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
1789 - The first United States Congress adjourns.
1864 - The Battle of Chaffin's Farm is fought during the War of Secesssion.
1907 - The cornerstone is laid at Washington National Cathedral in the U.S. capital.
1916 - John D. Rockefeller becomes the second billionaire.
1943 - General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Peitro Badoglio sign an armistice aboard the Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson, off the coast of Malta.
1951 - The first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the U.S., is a college football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh, is televised on NBC.
1966 - The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.
1990 - The YF-22, which would later become the F-22 Raptor, flies for the first time.
2008 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.