1902 Popular Mechanics magazine was published for the first time.
1928 The Soviet Union exiled Leon Trotsky for opposing Joseph Stalin‘s policies.
1935 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean, flying from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California.
1963 “Please Please Me” b/w “Ask Me Why” by the Beatles is released in the U.K.
1964 U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report that indicated smoking might be hazardous to people’s health.
1969 Beggars Banquet by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
1973 The designated hitter rule was adopted by Major League Baseball’s American League on a trial basis. Under the rule, an additional player was used to bat for the pitcher.
1975 “Junior’s Farm” b/w “Sally G” by Paul McCartney & Wings peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.
1975 “Only You” by Ringo Starr peaks at Number Six on the pop chart. That same day, Goodnight Vienna peaks at Number Eight on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
1975 “Bungle In The Jungle” by Jethro Tull peaks at Number 12 on the pop chart.
1975 “Dark Horse” by George Harrison peaks at Number 15 on the pop chart.
1975 “The Entertainer” by Billy Joel peaks at Number 34 on the pop chart.
1979 Actor Jack Soo (Barney Miller‘s Detective Nick Yemana) dies at age 62.
1980 The Pretenders‘ self-titled debut album is released.
1986 “Tonight She Comes” by The Cars peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart.
1986 “I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock And Roll)” by Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit peaks at Number 77 on the pop chart.
1989 American Dream by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is released.
1989 Outgoing President Ronald Reagan said goodbye to the nation in a farewell address from the Oval Office.
1992 “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it spends two weeks. That same day, Nevermind hits Number One on the album chart, where it also spends two weeks.
1992 The tribute album Two Rooms: Celebrating The Music Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin peaks at Number 18 on the album chart. It features covers by the Who, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, the Beach Boys, Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Sinead O’Connor, and others.
1996 Congressman Sonny Bono needed 11 stitches to close a gash on his face after colliding with another skier near Big Bear Lake, California. Bono died in a skiing accident two years later.
1999 At the American Music Awards, Kiss presents the Best Pop/Rock Album Of The Year Award to Will Smith.
2000 Gary Glitter is released from a British prison after serving four months for possession of child pornography.
2002 The first group of Al-Qaeda prisoners from Afghanistan arrived at a U.S. military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
2003 Governor George Ryan cleared the Illinois death row, commuting the sentences of 167 condemned inmates. The move came three years after Ryan temporarily stopped executions to examine the system’s fairness, and two days before he left office. Most of the sentences were commuted to life in prison without parole.
2003 T. Rex percussionist Mickey Finn dies at age 55.
2003 Actors Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel are married.
2004 Ted Nugent is injured while shooting his VH1 series Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments when a chain saw cuts into his leg, and the wound takes 40 stitches to close.
2005 The Peter Cetera DVD Soundstage Presents: Peter Cetera With Special Guest Amy Grant is released.
2005 The Nazareth CD and DVD Nazareth: Homecoming- The Greatest Hits Live In Glasgow (Collector’s Edition) is released.
2005 The Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers DVD Soundstage Presents: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers is released.
2005 Jefferson Airplane drummer Spenser Dryden dies at age 66.