1910 – President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. President to take flight on an airplane.
1962 – Pope John XXIII convened the first session of the Roman Catholic Church’s 21 Ecumenical Council, better known as Vatican II.
1975 – “Saturday Night Live” premiered on NBC with George Carlin as host and musicians Janis Ian and Billy Preston.
1986 – President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss arms control and human rights.
1991 – Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, law professor Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her; Thomas reappeared before the panel to denounce the proceedings as a “high-tech lynching.”