1848 - The discovery of gold in California was reported by the New York Herald.
1856 - The process of processing condensed milk was patented by Gail Borden.
1871 - Orville Wright was born. Orville and his brother Wilbur were the first people to have a successful sustained and controlled flight of an aircraft with a motor.
1883 - The French dress designer Gabrille "Coco" Chanel was born.
1909 - The first car race to be run on brick occurred at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1917 - Team managers John McGraw and Christy Matthewson were arrested for breaking New York City's blue laws. The crime was their teams were playing baseball on Sunday.
1940 - The new Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.
1960 - Two dogs were launched in a satellite into Earth's orbit by the Soviet Union.
1996 - A judge sentenced former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker to four years probation for his Whitewater crimes.
2004 - Google Inc. stock began selling on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The initial price was set at $85 and ended the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded.