1797 - "Old Ironsides," the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston's harbor.
1917 - The first U.S. soldiers entered combat during World War I near Nancy, France.
1944 - During World War II, the German city of Aachen was captured by U.S. troops.
1958 - Buddy Holly recorded his last studio session. Holly and the Crickets recorded "True Love Ways," "Moondreams," "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," and "Raining in my Heart."
1980 - The Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series.
1998 - The New York Yankees set a major league baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and postseason combined.