1847 - New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires.
1871 - The yen became the new form of currency in Japan.
1893 - The New York stock market crashed. By the end of the year 600 banks and 74 railroads had gone out of business.
1918 - Two German pilots were saved by parachutes for the first time.
1924 - Democrats offered Mrs. Leroy Springs for vice presidential nomination. She was the first woman considered for the job.
1927 - The U.S. Marines adopted the English bulldog as their mascot.
1955 - The state of Illinois enacted the first automobile seat belt legislation.
1957 - More than 500 people were killed when Hurricane Audrey hit the coastal area of Louisiana and Texas.
1964 - Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman were married. It only lasted 38 days.
1980 - U.S. President Carter signed legislation reviving draft registration.
1985 - Officials decertified Route 66.
1995 - Actor Hugh Grant was arrested in Los Angeles for engaging in "lewd behavior" with a prostitute in a rented BMW.