1794 – The U.S. government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates
1866 – President Andrew Johnson vetoes the Civil Rights Act of 1866. His veto is overridden by Congress.
1886 – Geronimo, Apache warrior, surrenders to the U.S. Army, ending the main phase of the Apache Wars.
1915 – Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the U.S., is put into quarantine, where she would remain for the rest of her life.
1964 – The strongest recorded earthquake to hit North America — magnitude 9.2 — struck Alaska, killing 139 people.