Today is the 336th day of the year, with only 29 days remaining.
1775 - The USS Alfred become the first vessel to fly the Grand Union Flag, the precursor to the Stars and Stripes, the flag is hoisted by John Paul Jones.
1804 - At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French, the first one in a thousand years.
1823 - President James Monroe delivers a speech establishing American neutrality in future European conflicts.
1845 - President James K. Pol announces to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.
1859 - Militant abolitionist John Brown, is hanged for his raid on Harper's Ferry.
1927 - Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A as its new automobile.
1942 - A team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.
1954 - The United States Senate votes 65 to 22 to condemn Joseph McCarthy for conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.
1961 - In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.
1970 - The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.
1993 - NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
2001 - Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.