1783 -- During the Revolutionary War, the British evacuated New York. New York was their last military position in the US.
1835 -- The first Texas Navy was established when the General Council authorized the purchase of four schooners. In June 1846 the Texas Navy ships were transferred to the United States Navy.
1837 -- William Crompton patented the silk power loom.
1850 -- Texas relinquished 1/3 of its territory in exchange for $10 million from the US to pay its public debts and settle border disputes.
1867 -- Alfred Nobel patented dynamite.
1884 -- JB Meyenberg received the patent for evaporated milk.
1920 -- The first play-by-play broadcast of a football game was aired in College Station, TX. The game was between the University of Texas and Texas A & M.
1936 --The Anti-Comintern Pact, an agreement between Japan and Germany was signed.
1950 -- Storm of the century hits eastern US. 94 hour wind gust in New York City. Bear Mountain, NY recorded 140 mph gust. Mount Mitchell, NC recorded a temperature of 26 degrees below 0. Pittsburgh, PA received 30 inches of snow.
1952 -- Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" opened in London.
1955 -- In the US, the Interstate Commerce Commission banned racial segregation on interstate trains and buses.
1955 -- In Port Arthur, TX, Elvis Presley gave his first performance after signing with RCA.
1957 -- President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a stroke.
1961 -- The Everly Brothers were inducted into the US Marine Corps Reserves.
1963 -- John F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
1976 -- O. J. Simpson (Buffalo Bills) ran for 273 yards against the Detroit Lions.
1980 -- Sugar Ray Leonard takes his title back.