- 1672 - USA: Massachusetts enacts the 1st copyright law.
- 1730 - Robert Walpole becomes 1st PM of Britain.
- 1862 - US Department of Agriculture formed.
- 1886 - Emily Dickinson, US poet, dies at 55 (born December 10, 1830).
- 1934 - US Department of Justice offers $25,000 reward (dead or alive) for John Dillinger (Gangster).
- 1948 - Israel attacked by troops from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq & Saudi Arabia.
- 1951 - AT&T (American Telephone & Telegraph) becomes 1st US company to have 1 million stockholders.
- 1967 - Birthday: Madhuri Dixit, Indian actress.
- 1990 - Painting: "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" by Vincent van Gogh sold for $82.5 million.