1783 - Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America.
1789 - Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
1801 - John Marshall was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.
1861 - Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.
1899 - The Philippine-American War begins.
1938 - The Thornton Wilder play "Our Town" opened on Broadway. Adolf Hitler assumed control of the German Army.
1945 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.
1948 - The island nation of Ceylon - now Sri Lanka - became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
1974 - newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
1983 - Singer Karen Carpenter died at age 32.
1987 - Pianist Liberace died at age 67.
1996 - Major snowstorm paralyzes Midwestern United States, Milwaukee, Wisconsin ties all-time record low temperature at -26°F (-32.2°C)
1997 - A civil jury found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
1998 - An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
1999 - Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo was shot and killed
2000 - A coalition government that included Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party came to power in Austria, triggering European Union sanctions.
2004 - The Massachusetts high court declared that gays were entitled to marry.
George A. Romero
Oscar de la Hoya
... And Yours Truly.
Given the overall history of the day, I suggest you duck.