1503 - Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands.
1773 - The English Parliament passed the Tea Act, which taxed all tea in the U.S. colonies.
1869 - Central Pacific and Union Pacific Rail Roads meet in Promontory, UT. A golden spike was driven in at the celebration of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
1986 - Navy Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran became the first African American pilot to fly with the Blue Angels team.
2002 - Dr. Pepper announced that it would be introducing a new flavor, Red Fusion, for the first time in 117 years.