It is the 12th day of the year, with only 353 days remaining until the new year.
1773 - The first public Colonial American museum opens in Charleston, South Carolina.
1908 - A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
1915 - The Rocky Mountain National Park is formed by an act of Congress.
1921 - Acting to restore confidence in baseball after the Black Sox Scandal, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, is slected as Major League Baseball's first commissioner.
1966 - President Lyndon Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended.
1967 - Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with the intent of future resuscitation.
1991 - An act of Congress authorizes the use of military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.
2010 - An earthquake strikes Haiti, killing an estimated 316,000 people and destroying the majority of the capital of Port-au-Prince.