John Hancock 1737 Served as president of the First and Second Continental Congresses (1775-1777). He was the first signer of the United States' Declaration of Independence.
- 1907 - Charles Curtis, of Kansas, began serving in the United States Senate. He was the first American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He resigned in March of 1929 to become U.S. President Herbert Hoover’s Vice President.
- 1950 - The Israeli Knesset approved a resolution proclaiming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
- 1964 - Ratification of the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was completed. This amendment eliminated the poll tax in federal elections.
- 1968 - North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging it had intruded into the nation's territorial waters on a spying mission. The crew was released 11 months later.
- 1973 - U.S. President Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.