1858 - The first cabled news dispatch was sent and was published by "The New York Sun" newspaper. The story was about the peace demands of England and France being met by China.
1859 - The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. by Colonel Edwin L. Drake near Titusville, PA.
1945 - American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.
1962 - Mariner 2 was launched by the United States. In December of the same year the spacecraft flew past Venus.
1984 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.
1986 - Nolan Ryan, while with the Houston Astros, earned his 250th career win against the Chicago Cubs.