Today is the 337th day of the year, with only 28 days remaining until the new year.
1818 - Illinois becomes the 21st state admitted to the Union.
1910 - Modern neon lighting is first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show.
1964 - Police arrest over 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building in protest, of the decision to forbid protests.
1973 - Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
1976 - An assassination attempt is made on Bob Marley. He is shot twice, but plays a concert two days later.
1979 - In Cincinnati, Ohio, 11 fans are suffocated in a rush for seats on the concourse outside Riverfront Coliseum before a Who concert.
1999 - NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before it enters the Martian atmosphere.