1775 – The U.S. Marine Corps is created as landing forces for the Continental Navy by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.
1903 – Mary Anderson, from Birmingham, Alabama, receives a patent award for the windshield wiper. She never profited from her idea.
1969 – Sesame Street, a pioneering TV show featuring the Muppets, makes its broadcast debut. It became the most widely viewed children’s program in the world, airing in more than 120 countries and teaching education basics to generations of young children.
2001 – In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Pres. George W. Bush addresses the U.N. to ask the international community to combat terrorism around the world.