1904 - Hard D. Weed patented the grip-tread tire chain for cars.
1947 - Margaret Truman, U.S. President Truman's daughter, gave her first public performance as a singer. The event was at the Hollywood Bowl and had an audience of 15,000.
1959 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Sally debuted as an infant.
1962 - The first live TV program was relayed between the U.S. and Europe through the U.S. Telstar satellite.
1970 - U.S. swimmer Gary Hall broke three world records at the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) outdoor swimming meet, held in Los Angeles, CA.
1992 - Hurricane Andrew hit the Bahamas with 120 mile per hour winds.
1993 - It was confirmed by Los Angeles police that Michael Jackson was the subject of a criminal investigation.
1996 - U.S. President Clinton imposed limits on peddling cigarettes to children.
1998 - Kathryn Schoonover was arrested when she was caught stuffing envelopes with cyanide and preparing to send them to people around the U.S.