In 1780, British spy Maj. John Andre was convicted in connection with Benedict Arnold's treason and was hanged in Tappan, N.Y.
In 1950, the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz was published for the first time.
In 1959, The Twilight Zone, with host Rod Serling, premiered on U.S. television.
In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1969, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned after admitting he had made a financial deal with the Louis Wolfson Foundation.
In 1970, a plane crash in Colorado killed 31 people, including members of the Wichita State University football team.
In 1984, Richard Miller became the first FBI agent to be charged with espionage. He was convicted of passing government secrets to the Soviet Union through his Russian lover.
In 1985, actor Rock Hudson died of AIDS. He was 59 years old.
In 1991, the Organization of American States resolved to isolate Haiti's military junta and restore Aristide's government to power.
In 1993, ousted Russian Vice President Aleksandr Rutskoi called for people to take to the streets against President Boris Yeltsin's dictatorship.
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