It is the 149th day of the year with only 216 days remaining.
1780 - At the Battle of Waxhaws, Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton massacres Colonel Abraham Buford's continentals allegedly after the surrender. 110 Americans die.
1790 - Rhode Island becomes the last of the original United States' colonies to ratify the Constitution and is admitted as the 13th U.S. state.
1848 - Wisconsin is admitted to the 30th U.S. state.
1886 - Chemist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, the ad appearing in the Atlanta Journal.
1919 - Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity is tested by Arthur Eddington's observation of a total solar eclipse in Principe and by Andrew Crommelin in Sobral, Ceara, Brazil.
1932 - Veterans begin to assemble in Washington, D.C. in the Bonus Army to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.
1940 - It is the first flight of the American F4U Corsair plane.
1942 - Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recording Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," the best-selling Christmas single in history, for Decca Records in Los Angeles.
1953 - Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
1973 - Tom Bradley is elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, California.
1988 - President Ronald Reagan begins his first visit to the Soviet Union, when he arrives in Moscow for a superpower summit with leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
1999 - Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.
2001 - U.S Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casy Martin, can use a cart to ride in tournaments.
2004 - The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.