1609 – English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name.
1938 – Adolf Hitler demands autonomy and self-determination for Germans living in the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia.
1958 – Little Rock High School in Arkansas was ordered by the Supreme Court to admit black students.
1962 – President John F. Kennedy, at a speech at Rice University, says the U.S. will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
1964 – Canyonlands National Park is designated as a National Park.
1994 – A pilot crashed his small plane on the White House lawn.
2002 – President George W. Bush told the United Nations to confront the “grave and gathering danger” of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq or stand aside as the United States acted.