It is the 53rd day of the year, with only 312 days remaining until the new year.
1855 - The Pennsylvania State University is founded in State College, Pennsylvania, as the Farmer's High School of Pennsylvania.
1862 - Jefferson Davis is officially inaugurated for a six-year term as the President of the Confederate States of America in Richmond, Virginia.
1879 - In Utica, New York, Frank Woolwroth opens the first of many of 5 and dime Woolworth tores.
1889 - President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North and South Dakota, Montana, and Washington as U.S. states.
1909 - The sixteen battleships of the Great White Fleet, led by the Connecticut, return to the U.S. after a voyage around the world.
1915 - Germany institutes unrestricted submarine warfare.
1924 - President Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House.
1942 - President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Phillipines as the Japanese victory becomes inevitable.
1974 - Samuel Byck tries and fail to assassinate U.S. President Richard Nixon.
1980 - Known as the Miracle on Ice, in Lake Placid, New York, the U.S. hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team by a score of 4 to 3.
1994 - Aldrich Ames and his wife, are charged by the United States Department of Justice with spying for the Soviet Union.
1997 - In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly has been successfully cloned.
2006 - At least six men stage Britain's biggest robbery, stealing 53 million pounds or $92.5 million from a Securitas depot in tonbridge, Kent.