1790 - President Washington delivered the 1st State of the
1865 - The New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent
headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.
1896 - Utah became the 45th State
1902 - The Carnegie Institute of Washington was founded.
1903 - Thomas Edison filmed the electrocution of a murdering
elephant, Topsy, to show the dangers of Alternating Current
1936 - Billboard magazine published its 1st music hit parade
1940 - Edwin H. Armstrong demonstrated the first network
relay of an FM radio broadcast through several stations from
Yonkers, NY, to Alpine, NJ, to Meriden, CT, and Paxton, MA
to Mount Washington.
1958 - Sea Hunt premiered, in syndication
1958 - Russian Sputnik I, the first man-made object to orbit
the earth, fell back into the atmosphere and disintegrated,
after 92 days in space.
1965 - US President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his "Great
Society" during his State of the Union address.
1971 - Congressional Black Caucus was founded
1975 - Elizabeth Ann Seton became the first US-born saint.
1980 - The United States boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics
1986 - Phil Lynott, front man for Brit rockers Thin Lizzy,
died from heart failure from pneumonia complications.
1988 - Nick Jr. programming started on Nickelodeon
1995 - Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
1999 - Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn
in as governor of Minnesota.
2007 - Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the US House