1844 – The University of Notre Dame receives its charter from the state of Indiana.
1870 – A cartoon by Thomas Nast appeared in Harper’s Weekly with a donkey symbolizing the Democratic Party for the first time.
1889 – The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is incorporated in Atlanta.
1892 – James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.
1919 – Great Molasses Flood: A wave of molasses released from an exploding storage tank sweeps through Boston, killing 21 and injuring 150.
1943 – The Pentagon was dedicated.
1967 – The first Super Bowl was played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.
1973 – President Richard Nixon called a halt to U.S. military offensives in Vietnam.
2001 – Wikipedia goes online.