1866 – The U.S. Congress authorized the first 5-cent piece to be minted.
1888 - The first demonstration of recording on a flat disc was demonstrated by Emile Berliner.
1929 - The first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood.
1939 - The Philadelphia Athletics and the Cleveland Indians met at Shibe Park in Philadelphia for the first baseball game to be played under the lights in the American League.
1963 - After 22 Earth orbits Gordon Cooper returned to Earth, ending Project Mercury.
1975 - Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
1985 - Michael Jordan was named Rookie of the Year in the NBA.
1992 - The Endeavour space shuttle landed safely after its maiden voyage.
2005 - Sony Corp. unveiled three styles of its new PlayStation 3 video game machine.