1783 - Iceland’s Laki volcano erupted and continued to spew lava for eight months. 9,350 people were killed and famine started and lasted until 1790.
1786 - In New York City, commercial ice cream was manufactured for the first time.
1790 - The first loan for the U.S. was repaid. The Temporary Loan of 1789 was negotiated and secured on September 18, 1789 by Alexander Hamilton.
1861 – Tennessee voted to secede from the Union and joined the Confederacy.
1869 - Ives W. McGaffey received a U.S. patent for the suction vacuum cleaner.
1947 - "Lassie" debuted on ABC radio. It was a 15-minute show.
1953 - The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregated restaurants in Washington, DC.
1961 - The Milwaukee Braves set a major league baseball record when four consecutive home runs in the seventh inning.
1965 - U.S. troops in South Vietnam were given orders to begin fighting offensively.
1969 - The New York Yankees retired Mickey Mantle's number (7).
1986 - The Boston Celtics won their 16th NBA championship.
1998 - The National Rifle Association elected Charlton Heston to be its president.
1998 - The space shuttle Discovery pulled away from Mir, ending America's three-year partnership with Russia.