It is the 33rd day of the year, with only 332 days remaining.
506 - Alaric II, eighth kings of the Visigoths promulgates the Breviary of Alaric, a collection of Roman law.
1653 - New Amsterdam, later named The City of New York is incorporated.
1848 - The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed ending the Mexican-American War.
1848 - The first ship Chinese immigrants arrives in San Francisco, California.
1876 - The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs of Major League Baseball is formed.
1887 - The Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed.
1925 - Dog sleds reach Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod race.
1935 - Leonarde Keeler tests the first polygraph machine.
1943 - The Battle of Stalingrad comes to a conclusion as Soviet troops accept the surrender of 91,000 remnants of random Axis forces.
1971 - Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader of Uganda.
1974 - The F-16 Fighting Falcon flies for the first time.
1980 - Reports surface that the FBI is targeting allegedly corrupt Congressmen in the Abscam operation.
2004 - Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men's singles player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks.