It is the 39th day of the year, with only 326 day remaining until the new year.
1587 - Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
1855 - The Devil's Footprints mysteriously appear in Southern Devon, England.
1865 - In the United States, Delaware votes reject the Thirteenth Amendment and vote to continue the practice of slavery. Delaware finally ratifies the Amendment, 36 years and 4 days later.
1887 - The Dawes Act authorizes the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments.
1910 - The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce.
1915 - D.W. Griffith's controversial film, The Birth of a Nation, premieres in Los Angeles.
1922 - President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio in the White House.
1924 - The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber takes place in Nevada.
1960 - The first eight brass star plaques are installed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1971 - The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time.
1971 - South Vietnamese ground troops launch an incursion into Laos to try and cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail and stop communist infiltration.
1974 - After 84 days in space, the crew of Skylab 4, the last crew to visit the space station Skylab, returns to Earth.
1978 - Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.