Today is the 93rd day of the year, with only 272 days remaining.
1860 - The first successful United States Pony Express run from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California begins.
1865 - Union forces capture Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America.
1882 - American outlaw Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford.
1885 - Gottlieb Daimler is granted a German patent for his engine design.
1888 - The first of 11 unsolved brutal murders of women committed in or near the impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End of London occurs.
1895 - Trial of the libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde begins, eventually resulting in his imprisonment of charge of homosexuality.
1922 - Joseph Stalin becomes the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1933 - A British expedition, led by Marquis of Clydesdale, and funded by Lucy, Lady Houston, flies over Mount Everest.
1936 - Bruno Richard Hauptmann is executed for the kidnapping and death of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, the son of the famous aviator.
1946 - Japanese Lt. General Masaharu Homma is executed in the Phillipines for leading the Bataan Death March.
1948 - President Harry Truman signs the Marshall Plan, authorizing $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
1955 - The American Civil Liberties Union, announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg's book Howl against obscenity charges.
1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech.
1969 - United States Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird, announces that the United States will start the Vietnamization of the war effort.
1973 - Martin Cooper of Motorola makes the first handheld mobile phone call to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs, though it took ten years for the DynaTAC 8000X to become the first such phone to be commercially released.
1981 - The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.
1996 - Suspected "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is arrested at his cabin in Montana.
2008 - Texas law enforcement cordons off the FLDS' YFZ Ranch. Eventually 533 women and children will be removed and taken into state custody.