Today is the 144th day of the year, with only 221 days remaining until the end of the year.
1626 - Peter Minuit purchases Manhattan Island for local natives.
1738 - John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement.
1844 - Samuel Morse sends the message, "What hath God wrought?" from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the U.S. Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail in Baltimore, Maryland to inaugurate the first telegraph line.
1846 - General Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey, Mexico.
1856 - John Brown and his men kill five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.
1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.
1895 - Henry Irving becomes the first person from the theatre to be knighted.
1921 - The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti begins.
1935 - The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 2 to 1 at Crosley Field.
1943 - Dr. Josef Mengele becomes chief medical officer of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
1980 - The International Court of Justice calls for the release of United States embassy hostages in Tehran, Iran. They would not be released until the following January.
1988 - The fourth fame of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Edmonton Oilers and the Boston Bruins had to end in a tie because of a power failure. The Oilers went on to win the Cup with a 6 to 3 victory in game 5.
1991 - Eritrea gains its independence from Ethiopia.
2001 - 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsherri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everet.