1830 - The first passenger railroad service in the U.S. began service.
1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America's first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC to Baltimore, MD.
1962 - The officials of the National Football League ruled that halftime of regular season games would be cut to 15 minutes.
1980 - Iran rejected a call by the World Court in The Hague to release American hostages.
1986 - Montreal won its 23rd National Hockey League Stanley Cup championship.