1804 -- Napoleon was crowned emperor of France at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
1816 -- The first savings bank in the US, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, opened for business.
1823 -- President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
1859 -- John Brown, a militant abolitionist, was hanged for his raid on Harper's Ferry the previous October.
1901 -- Gillette patented the KC Gillette Razor. It was the first razor to feature a permanent handle and disposable double-edge razor blades.
1907 -- The town of Peck, 30 miles north of Houston, TX, was renamed Tomball after Thomas Ball. He had a major role in bringing the railroad into the community.
1927 -- The Ford Motor Company unveiled the Model A automobile. It was the successor to the Model T.
1939 -- New York's La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago landed at 12:01 a.m.
1949 -- Gene Autry's song "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" hit the record charts.
1959 -- Bobby Darin was the subject of the TV show, "This is Your Life".
1961-- Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, declared in a nationally broadcast speech that he was a Marxist-Leninist and that he was going to lead Cuba to communism.
1969 -- The Boeing 747 jumbo jet got its first public preview as 191 people flew from Seattle, WA to New York City, NY.
1970 -- The Environmental Protection Agency began operating under its first director, William Ruckelshaus.
1972 -- "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon was released. (Makes me think of the movie - How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days ... LOL)
1982 -- Doctors at the University of Utah implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist, Barney Clark. Mr. Clark lived 112 days with the device. The operation was the first of its kind.
1991 -- American hostage, Joseph Cicippio was released by his kidnappers. He had been held captive in Lebanon for over five years.
1993 -- An unemployed man opened fire at an unemployment agency in Oxnard, CA. He killed 3 workers at the location and a police officer during a chase that ended in Ventura, CA - where the man was gunned down.
1993 -- The space shuttle Endeavor blasted off on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope.
1997 -- Affleck and Damon's Good Will Hunting debuts.
1998 -- Microsoft Corp. chairman, Bill Gates, donated $100 million to help immunize children in developing countries.
2010 -- Texas Governor Rick Perry named Chuck Norris and his brother Aaron as honorary members fo the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency.