1732, George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born.
1819, the U.S. and Spain signed the Florida Purchase Treaty, in which Spain agreed to give up the remainder of its old province of Florida to the United States.
1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a five-and-dime store in Utica, New York, the first of the Woolworth’s stores. The chain announced its closing in 1997.
1889, President Grover Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana, and Washington state to the Union.
1900, Hawaii became a U.S. territory.
1934, It Happened One Night opens at NY’s Radio City Music Hall. The film, which some say is the originial romantic comedy, stars Clarke Gable and Claudette Colbert and was directed by Frank Capra.
1968, “The Silent Sun” by Genesis is released. It’s the group’s debut single.
1980, in a stunning upset, the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets by a score of 4-3 at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.
1987, Artist Andy Warhol died at the age of 58.
1994, Violinist Papa John Creach of the Jefferson Airplane and the Jefferson Starship dies at age 76.
1997, Dolly the Sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal, is announced by the Roslin Institute in Scotland.
2009, Heath Ledger posthumously wins a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance as The Joke in The Dark Knight.