Today is the 98th day of the year, with only 268 days remaining until the end of the year.
1832 - Around 300 United States 6th infantry troops leave St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans.
1864 - Union forces are thwarted by the Confederate army at the Mansfield, Louisiana.
1893 - The first recorded college basketball game occurs in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
1904 - Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times.
1906 - Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, passes away.
1911 - Dutch physicist Heikie Kamaerlingh Onnes discovers superconductivity.
1913 - The Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution, requiring direct election of Senators, becomes law.
1918 - Actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin sell war bonds on the streets of New York City's financial district.
1935 - The Works Progress Administration is formed, when the Emergency Relief Appropriation becomes law.
1943 - President Franklin Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bar rate increases by common carriers and public utilities.
1945 - After an air raid accidentally destroys a train carrying about 4,000 Nazi concentration camp internees in Prussian Hanover, the survivors are massacred by the Germans.
1946 - The last meeting of the League of Nations is held.
1959 - A team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people led by Grace Hopper meets to discuss the creation of a new programming language called COBOL.
1974 - At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run, to surpass Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record.
1975 - Frank Robinson manages the Cleveland Indians in his first game as major league baseball's first African-American manager.
2005 - Over four million people attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II.