In 1785, the Continental Congress convened in New York City.
In 1787, William Herschel discovered two moons of Uranus. They are named Titania and Oberon.
In 1861, Alabama seceded from the United States.
In 1935, U.S. aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly from Hawaii to California.
In 1949, Los Angles noted its first recorded snowfall.
In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report saying smoking cigarettes is a definite health hazard.
In 1972, East Pakistan is renamed Bangladesh.
In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated a $10 million award to the family of Oklahoma nuclear worker Karen Silkwood, who died in 1974.
In 1990, martial law, imposed during the June 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement, was lifted in Beijing.
In 1996, the Japanese Diet elected Ryutaro Hashimoto, head of the Liberal Democratic Party, as prime minister.