1782 – Congress authorized creation of the great seal of the United States.
1813 – Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice is published in the United Kingdom.
1878 – Yale Daily News becomes the first daily college newspaper in the United States.
1915 – An act of Congress creates the United States Coast Guard as a branch of the armed forces.
1956 – Elvis Presley makes his first national television appearance.
1985 – Dozens of the biggest names in popular music recorded “We Are the World.” Royalties from the recording benefited famine relief in Africa.
1986 – The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 72 seconds after launch, killing all seven crew members, including civilian teacher Christa McAuliffe.