Today is the 19th day of the year, with 346 days remaining.
1861 - Georgia joins South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama in seceding from the United States.
1862 - The Confederacy suffers its first significant defeat in the conflict at the Battle of Mill Springs.
1883 - The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
1915 - Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertsiing.
1915 - German zeppelins bomb the towns of Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn in the United Kingdom killing more thatn 20, in the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target.
1935 - Coopers Inc sells the world's first briefs.
1937 - Howard Hughes sets a new air record by flying from Los Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes, and 25 seconds.
1945 - Soviet forces liberate the Lodz ghetto. Out of more than 200,000 inhabitants in 1940, less than 900 had survived the Nazi occupation.
1953 - 68% of all television sets in the United States are tuned into I Love Lucy, in order to watch Lucy give birth.
1977 - President Gerald Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino, more commonly known as Tokyo Rose.
1977 - Snow falls in Miami, Florida. This is the only time that snow has fallen, and the white stuff also reached the Bahamas.
1978 - The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves the plant in Emden, Germany. Beetle production continued in Latin America until 2003.
1983 - Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie is arrested in Bolivia.
1983 - The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc., to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.
1986 - The first computer virus is released into the wild is one dubbed (c)Brain, created by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to deter piracy of the software they had written.
2006 - The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto.