1870 – A cartoon by Thomas Nast appeared in Harper’s weekly with a donkey symbolizing the Democratic Party for the first time.
1892 – Dr. James Naismith published the rules of basketball.
1943 – The Pentagon is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
1967 – The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.
1973 – President Richard Nixon called a halt to U.S. military offensives in Vietnam.
2001 – Wikipedia made its debut online.
2009 – US Airways Capt. Chelsey Sullenberger guided a jetliner disabled by a bird strike just after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to a safe landing on the Hudson River. All 155 people aboard survived.