1761 - In Philadelphia, the first life insurance policy was issued in the U.S.
1841 - Henry Kennedy received a patent for the first reclining chair.
1900 - The Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative in New York.
1985 - Pete Rose passed Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader with 2,108.
1992 - Johnny Carson hosted NBC's "Tonight Show" for the last time. He had been host for 30 years.