1845 - Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" was published for the first time in the "New York Evening Mirror".
1850 - Henry Clay introduced to the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.
1936 - The first members of baseball's Hall of Fame were named in Cooperstown, NY.
1966 - "Sweet Charity" opened at the Palace Theatre in New York City. It ran for 608 performances.
1987 - "Physician’s Weekly" announced that the smile on the face of Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa was caused by a "...facial paralysis resulting from a swollen nerve behind the ear."
1997 - America Online agreed to give refunds to frustrated customers under threat of lawsuits across the country. Customers were unable to log on after AOL offered a flat $19.95-a-month rate.