Today is the 58th day of the year, with only 307 days remaining.
1860 - Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible or his election to the Presidency.
1864 - The first Northern prisoners arrive at the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia.
1933 - Germany's parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, is set on fire.
1940 - Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14.
1942 - During the Battle of the Java Sea, an Allied strike force is defeated by a Japanese task force in the Dutch East Indies.
1951 - The Twenty-second Amendment to the Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified.
1964 - The government of Italy, asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.
1991 - President George H. W. Bush announces that "Kuwait is liberated."