1664 – Theologian and colonist Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island.
1832 – Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith is beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio.
1925 – KSL-AM in Salt Lake City begins radio transmissions.
1953 – U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1958 – Elvis Presley joins the Army.
1989 – Exxon Valdez runs aground and leaks 11 million gallons of crude oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.