Today is the 247th day of the year and there are 118 days remaining until the end of the year.
1781 - Los Angeles, California is founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola), by 44 Spanish settlers.
1862 - General Robert E. Lee takes the Army of Northern Virginia, and the entire war, in the North and out of the southern states for the time being.
1886 - After 30 years of fighting, Apache leader Geronimo, with his remaining warriors, surrenders to General Nelson Miles in Arizona.
1888 - George Eastman registers his trademark Kodak, and receives a patent for his camera that uses roll film.
1894 - In New York City, 12,000 tailors strike against sweatshop working conditions.
1939 - A Bristol Blenheim is the first British aircraft to cross German coast following the declaration of war, as well as German ships are bombed.
1941 - A German submarine makes the first attack against a United States ship, the USS Greer.
1967 - Operation Swift begins as U.S. Marines engage the North Vietnamese in battle in the Que Son Valley.
1972 - Mark Spitz becomes the first competitor to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games.
1974 - United States Army General Creighton Abrams, passes away at the age 59. He commanded military operations in Vietnam from '68-'72 and served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1972 until shortly before his death. XM1 main battle tank was named in his honor.
1986 - American professional baseball player, and first baseman for the Detroit Tigers, dies at the age of 75.
1998 - Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, while being enrolled at Stanford University.
2006 - Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, dies at the age of 44, after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary.