1782 - The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris ending the Revolutionary War.
1897 - Thomas Edison's own motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition.
1940 - Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz were married.
1971 - ABC-TV aired "Brian's Song." The movie was about Chicago Bears' Brian Picolo and his friendship with Gale Sayers.
1982 - The motion picture "Ghandi" had its world premiere in New Delhi.
1982 - Epic Records released the album "Thriller" by Michael Jackson.
1993 - U.S. President Clinton signed into law the Brady Bill. The bill required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.