1692 – The last people are hanged for witchcraft in England's North American colonies.
1711 – The Tuscarora War begins in present-day North Carolina.
1776 – Nathan Hale is hanged for spying during American Revolution.
1789 – The office of United States Postmaster General is established.
1823 – Joseph Smith states he found the Golden plates on this date after being directed by God through the Angel Moroni to the place where they were buried.
1862 – Slavery in the United States: A preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation is released.
1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published.
1919 – The steel strike of 1919, led by the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, begins in Pennsylvania before spreading across the United States.
1927 – Jack Dempsey loses the "Long Count" boxing match to Gene Tunney.
1975 – Sara Jane Moore tries to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford, but is foiled by Oliver Sipple.
1993 – A barge strikes a railroad bridge near Mobile, Alabama, causing the deadliest train wreck in Amtrak history. Forty-seven passengers are killed.
1995 – An E-3B AWACS crashes outside Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska after multiple bird strikes to two of the four engines soon after takeoff; all 24 on board are killed.
1904 – Ellen Church, American flight attendant (d. 1965)
1942 – David Stern, American lawyer and businessman
1692 – Martha Corey, American woman accused of witchcraft (b. 1620)
1776 – Nathan Hale, American soldier (b. 1755)
2004 – Pete Schoening, American mountaineer (b. 1927)
2012 – Irving Adler, American mathematician, author, and academic (b. 1913)
2013 – David H. Hubel, Canadian-American neurophysiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)
2015 – Yogi Berra, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1925)
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