It is the 334th day of the year with only 31 days remaining.
1803 - In New Orleans, Louisiana, Spanish representatives officially transfer the Louisiana Territory to a French representative. Almost 20 days later, France transfers the same land to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase.
1864 - At the Battle of Franklin, the Army of Tennessee led by General John Bell Hood mounts a dramatically unsuccessful frontal assault on Union positions commanded by John McAllister Schofield. Hood would lose six general and almost one-third of his troops.
1902 - Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang. Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor.
1908 - A mine explosion in the mining town of Marianna, Pennsylvania kills 154 people.
1934 - The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman, becomes the first to officially exceed 100 miles per hour.
1940 - Actress Lucille Ball marries Desi Arnaz in Greenwich, Connecticut.
1942 - Battle of Tassafaronga occurs, when a smaller squadron of Japanese destroyers led by Raizo Tanaka defeats a US cruiser force under Carleton H. Wright.
2954 - In Sylacauga, Alabama, the Hodges Meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap in the only documented case of a human being hit by a rock from space.
1966 - Barbados claims its independence from the United Kingdom.
1972 - White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler tells the press that there will be no more public announcements concerning troop withdrawals from Vietnam due to the fact that troop levels are now down to 27,000.
1982 - Michael Jackson's Thriller, the best-selling album of all time, is released.
1995 - This officially marks the end of Operation Desert Storm.
1998 - Exxon and Mobil sign a $73.7 billion agreement to merge, thus creating the world's largest company, Exxon-Mobil.
2004 - Longtime Jeopardy! champion, Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,530,700, television's biggest game show winnings.