Mike Ditka 1939 - Football player and coach
- 1842 - Samuel Finley Breese Morse laid his first telegraph cable.
- 1867 - The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased of a total of $7 million dollars (2 cents per acre).
- 1898 - The American flag was raised in Puerto Rico only one year after the Caribbean nation won its independence from Spain.
- 1968 - Two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, were suspended by the U.S. Olympic Committee for giving a "black power" salute during a ceremony in Mexico City.