It is the 364th day of the year, with only 1 day remaining until the end of the year.
1853 - The United States buys land from Mexico, in order to facilitate railroad building in the Southwest.
1862 - The ironclad USS Monitor, sinks off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
1924 - Edwin Hubble makes the announcement claiming the existence of other galaxies.
1948 - The Cole Porter Broadway musical, Kiss Me Kate, opens at the New Century Theatre and becomes the first show to win the Best Musical Tony Award. It will have over 1,077 performances.
1977 - For the second time, Ted Bundy escapes from his cell in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
1981 - In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season Wayne Gretsky, scores 5 goals giving him 50 on the year. This sets a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games.