It is the 35th day of the year, with only 330 days remaining until the new year.
1789 - George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
1794 - The French legislature abolishes slavery throughout all territories of the French Republic.
1797 - The Riobamba earthquake strikes Ecuador, causing up to 40,000 casualties.
1846 - The first Mormon pioneers make their exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, westward towards Utah Territory.
1861 - In Montgomery, Alabama, delegates from six break-away U.S. states meet and form the Confederate States of America.
1936 - Radium becomes the first radioactive element to be made synthetically.
1941 - The United Service Organization is created to entertain American troops.
1945 - The Yalta Conference between Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin, opens at the Livadia Palace in the Crimea.
2003 - The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed to Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.
2004 - Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckergberg.