1858 – Accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved, declaring, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
1897 – The United States signed a treaty of annexation with Hawaii.
1903 – The Ford Motor Company is incorporated.
1963 – The Soviet Union launched the first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, into orbit aboard Vostok 6.
1987 – A jury in New York acquitted Bernhard Goetz of attempted murder in the subway shooting of four young blacks he said were going to rob him; he was convicted of illegal weapons possession.
2011 – Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., announced his resignation from Congress, bowing to the furor caused by his sexually charged online dalliances with a former porn actress and other women.