1862 – New Orleans falls to Union forces during the Civil War.
1967 – After refusing induction into the U.S. Army, Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title.
1974 – President Richard Nixon announces the release of edited transcripts of White House tape recordings relating to the Watergate scandal..
1975 – The U.S. begins to evacuate its citizens from Saigon in Operation Frequent Wind in response to advancing North Vietnamese forces, bringing an end to American involvement in the war.
1990 – Cranes begin tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate.
1992 – Riots break out in Los Angeles following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King.