It is the 81st day of the year, with only 284 days remaining until the end of the year.
1621 - The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of the Wampanoags.
1622 - Known as the Jamestown Massacre, Algonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers, a third of the colony's population.
1630 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlaws the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables.
1638 - Anne Hutchinson is expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony for religious dissent.
1765 - The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act that introduces a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies.
1894 - The first playoff game for the Stanley Cup starts.
1916 - The last Emperor of China, Yuan Shikai, abdicates the throne and the Republic of China is restored.
1923 - The first radio broadcast of ice hockey is made by Foster Hewitt.
1943 - The entire population of Khatyn in Belarus is burnt alive by German occupation forces.
1960 - Arhtur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser.
1972 - The U.S. Congress sends the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification.
1989 - Clint Malarchuk, goalie of the Buffalo Sabres, suffers a near-fatal injury when another player's skate accidentally slashes his internal jugular vein. Many goalies began wearing neck protector plates, hanging from the mask, in order to avoid this injury
1993 - The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips (80586), featuring a 60 MHz clock speed, 100+ MIPS, and a 64 bit data path.
1995 - Cosmonaut Valeriy Polyakov returns to earth after setting a record of 438 days in space.
1997 - Tara Lipinski, age 14 years and 10 months, becomes the youngest champion women's World Figure Skating Champion.