1789 - The first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution. Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.
1890 - The Sequoia National Park was established as a U.S. National Park in Central California.
1953 - Liberace made his debut at Carnegie Hall for a sellout crowd.
1954 - Elvis Presley appeared live on "Grand Ole Opry" and performed "Blue Moon of Kentucky."
1965 - Willie Mays, at the age of 34, became the oldest man to hit 50 home runs in a single season. He had also set the record for the youngest to hit 50 ten years earlier.
1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor became the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court when she was sworn in as the 102nd justice.