Today is the 306th day of the year, with 59 days remaining until the new year.
1783 - In Rocky Hill, New Jersey, General George Washington gives his "Farewell Address to the Army."
1889 - North and South Dakota are admitted as the 39th and 40th states in the United States.
1920 - KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station, stating the results of the presidential election.
1947 - In California, designer Howard Hughes, performs the only flight of the Spruce Goose of H-4 The Hercules, the largest fixed wing aircraft ever built.
1963 - South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem is assassinated following a military coup.
1965 - Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, sets himself on fire in front of the river entrance to the Pentagon, to protect the use o napalm in the Vietnam war.
1984 - Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the United States since 1962.