1693 - Uniforms for police in New York City were authorized.
1776 - Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the U.S. Declaration of Independence to a crowd at Independence Square in Philadelphia.
1795 - Kent County Free School changed its name to Washington College. It was the first college to be named after U.S. President George Washington. The school was established by an act of the Maryland Assembly in 1723.
1879 - The first ship to use electric lights departed from San Francisco, CA.
1889 - The Wall Street Journal was first published.
1947 - Demolition work began in New York City for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
1953 - Notre Dame announced that the next five years of its football games would be shown in theatres over closed circuit TV.
1969 - The U.S. Patent Office issued a patent for the game "Twister."
1981 - The Solar Challenger became the frist solar-powered airplane to cross the English Channel.
1997 - The Mayo Clinic and the U.S. government warned that the diet-drug combination known as "fen-phen" could cause serious heart and lung damage.
2000 - J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" was released in the U.S. It was the fourth Harry Potter book.
2010 - The Solar Impulse completed the first 24-hour flight by a solar powered plane.