1788 - Prices plunged on the Paris stock market.
1848 - The Women's Rights Convention took place in Seneca Fall, NY. Bloomers were introduced at the convention.
1909 - The first unassisted triple play in major-league baseball was made by Cleveland Indians shortstop Neal Ball in a game against Boston.
1939 - Dr. Roy P. Scholz became the first surgeon to use fiberglass sutures.
1946 - Marilyn Monroe acted in her first screen test.
1960 - Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants became the first pitcher to get a one-hitter in his major league debut.
1974 - The House Judiciary Committee recommended that U.S. President Richard Nixon should stand trial in the Senate for any of the five impeachment charges against him.
1975 - The Apollo and Soyuz spacecrafts separated after being linked in orbit for two days.
1982 - The U.S. Census Bureau reported that 14% of the population had an income below the official poverty level in 1981.
1984 - Geraldine Ferraro was nominated by the Democratic Party to become the first woman from a major political party to run for the office of U.S. Vice-President.
1985 - George Bell won first place in a biggest feet contest with a shoe size of 28-1/2. Bell, at age 26, stood 7 feet 10 inches tall.
1985 - Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire was chosen to be the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the space shuttle. She died with six others when the Challenger exploded the following year.