History of the Day for:
- 1765: Patrick Henry made a historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of "Treason!" with, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"
- 1790: Rhode Island became the 13th state, the last of the original colonies to ratify the Constitution.
- 1848: Wisconsin became the 30th state.
- 1917: John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was born in Brookline, Mass.
- 1942: Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded Irving Berlin's "White Christmas."
- 1953: Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay became the first team to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
- 1962: Buck (John) O'Neil became the first black coach in major-league baseball when he accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs.
- 1973: Tom Bradley became the first black mayor of Los Angeles.
- 1990: Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic.
- 1999: Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule.
- 1999: Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.
- 1999: Charlotte Perrelli wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1999 for Sweden in Jerusalem, Israel with the song Take Me to Your Heaven.
- 2001: U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments.
- 2004: The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.