It is the 362nd day of the year, with only 3 days remaining.
1065 - Westminster Abbey is consecrated.
1612 - Galileo Galilei becomes the first astronomer to observe the planet Neptune, although he mistakenly cataloged it as a fixed star.
1832 - John C. Calhoun, becomes the first Vice President of the United States to resign.
1835 - Osceola leads his Seminole warriors in Florida into the Second Seminole War against the U.S. Army.
1846 - Iowa is admitted as the 29th U.S. state.
1867 - The United States claims Midway Atoll, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.
1895 - The Lumiere brothers perform for their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines, marking the debut of the cinema.
1895 - Wilhelm Rontgen publishes a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which will later be known as x-rays.
1908 - An earthquake rocks Messina, Sicily killing over 75,000 people.
1944 - Maurice Richard becomes the first player to score eight points in one game of National Hockey League ice hockey.
1945 - Congress officially recognizes the Pledge of Allegiance.
1958 - Known as the Greatest Game Ever Played, Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants in the firt ever NFL sudden death overtime game at New York's Yankee Stadium.
1990 - Probotector for the NES game platform system is released.
2000 - United States retail giant Montgomery Ward, announces it is going out of business after 128 years.