1815 – War of 1812: British troops capture Fort Peter in St. Marys, Georgia, the only battle of the war to take place in the state.
1830 – The Great Fire of New Orleans begins.
1833 – United States President Andrew Jackson writes to Vice President Martin Van Buren expressing his opposition to South Carolina's defiance of federal authority in the Nullification Crisis.
1840 – The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.
1847 – The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican–American War in California.
1869 – National convention of black leaders meets in Washington, D.C.
1893 – U.S. Marines land in Honolulu, Hawaii from the USS Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution.
1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.
1908 – The Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, Pennsylvania kills 171 people.
1910 – The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the operas Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci are sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
1913 – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University.
1942 – Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.
1966 – Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member when he is appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
1968 – Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom State Prison
1978 – United States Food and Drug Administration requires all blood donations to be labeled "paid" or "volunteer" donors.
1982 – Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90, a Boeing 737 jet, crashes into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78 including four motorists.
1990 – Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia.
1993 – Space Shuttle program: Endeavour heads for space for the third time as STS-54 launches from the Kennedy Space Center.
2000 – Bill Gates resigns as CEO of Microsoft.
1808 – Salmon P. Chase, American jurist and politician, 6th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1873)
1870 – Ross Granville Harrison, American biologist and anatomist (d. 1959)
1885 – Alfred Fuller, Canadian-American businessman, founded the Fuller Brush Company (d. 1973)
1893 – Clark Ashton Smith, American poet, sculptor, painter, and author (d. 1961)
1901 – A. B. Guthrie, Jr., American historian and author (d. 1991)
1919 – Robert Stack, American actor and producer (d. 2003)
1940 – Edmund White, American author and playwright
1943 – William Duckworth, American composer and author (d. 2012)
1961 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American actress, comedian and producer
1962 – Trace Adkins, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1860 – William Mason, American surgeon and politician (b. 1786)
1864 – Stephen Foster, American composer and songwriter (b. 1826)
1885 – Schuyler Colfax, American journalist and politician, 17th Vice President of the United States (b. 1823)
1929 – Wyatt Earp, American police officer (b. 1848)
1958 – Jesse L. Lasky, American film producer, co-founded Paramount Pictures (b. 1880)
1978 – Hubert Humphrey, American pharmacist, academic, and politician, 38th Vice President of the United States (b. 1911)
1978 – Joe McCarthy, American baseball player and manager (b. 1887)
2009 – W. D. Snodgrass, American poet and academic (b. 1926)
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