1607 – Jamestown, Virginia was settled as a colony of England.
1821 - The first practical printing press was patented in the U.S. by Samuel Rust.
1854 - The first big American billiards match was held at Malcolm Hall in Syracuse, NY.
1865 - The last land engagement of the American Civil War was fought at the Battle of Palmito Ranch in far south Texas, more than a month after Gen. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA.
1880 - Thomas Edison tested his experimental electric railway in Menlo Park.
1940 - Winston Churchill made his first speech as the prime minister of Britain.
1967 - Mickey Mantle hit his 500th homerun.
1999 - In Moscow, the impeachment of Russian President Boris Yeltsin began.