1754 - The first international boxing match was held. The 25-minute match was won when Jack Slack of Britain knocked out Jean Petit from France.
1773 - The first schoolhouse to be located west of the Allegheny Mountains was built in Schoenbrunn, OH.
1786 - "The Pittsburgh Gazette" became the first newspaper west of the Alleghenies to be published. The paper's name was later changed to "The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette."
1890 - Artist Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France.
1914 - The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people held a conversation between New York, NY and San Francisco, CA.
1940 - John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO completed a 292-mile swim down the Mississippi River. The swim from St. Louis to Caruthersville, MO took him 89 hours and 48 minutes.
1958 - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
1967 - Fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin. 134 U.S. servicemen were killed.
1983 - Steve Garvey of the Los Angeles Dodgers set the National League consecutive game record at 1,207.
1985 - General Motors announced that Spring Hill, TN, would be the home of the Saturn automobile assembly plant.
1998 - The United Auto Workers union ended a 54-day strike against General Motors. The strike caused $2.8 billion in lost revenues.