1498 - Christopher Columbus left on his third voyage of exploration.
1712 - The Pennsylvania Assembly banned the importation of slaves.
1775 - The United Colonies changed their name to the United States.
1892 - J.F. Palmer patented the cord bicycle tire.
1892 - John Joseph Doyle became the first pinch-hitter in baseball when he was used in a game.
1932 - Over 7,000 war veterans marched on Washington, DC, demanding their bonuses.
1937 - The cover of "LIFE" magazine showed the latest in campus fashions of the times, which included saddle shoes.
1939 - King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, arrived in the U.S. It was the first visit to the U.S. by a reigning British monarch.
1966 - Sony Corporation unveiled its brand new consumer home videotape recorder. The black and white only unit sold for $995.
1965 - In the U.S., the Gemini 4 mission was completed. The mission featured the first spacewalk by an American.
1993 - Woody Allen lost his custody battle against Mia Farrow.
1994 - The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia declared the RMS Titanic, Inc. (RMST) salvor-in-possession of the wreck and the wreck site of the RMS Titanic.