1894 - The U.S. Congress made Labor Day a U.S. national holiday.
1911 - Samuel J. Battle became the first African-American policeman in New York City.
1919 - The Treaty of Versailles was signed ending World War I exactly five years after it began. The treaty also established the League of Nations.
1938 - The U.S. Congress created the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure construction loans.
1945 - U.S. General Douglas MacArthur announced the end of Japanese resistance in the Philippines.