1885 – Syed Zafarul Hasan, philosopher, was born
1933 – Madhubala, Indian actress, was born
1940 – The first porpoise born in captivity arrived at Marineland in Florida.
1945 – Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations.
1946 – ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was unveiled. The device, built at the University of Pennsylvania, was the world’s first general-purpose electronic computer.
1954 – The TV show “Letter to Loretta” changed its name to “The Loretta Young Show.” The show premiered on September 20, 1953.
1957 – Lionel Hampton’s only major musical work, “King David,” made its debut at New York’s Town Hall.
1961 – Lawrencium, element 103, was first produced in Berkely, CA.
1962 – U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gave a tour of the White House on television.
1966 – Rick Mount of Lebanon, IN, became the first high school, male athlete to be pictured on the cover of “Sports Illustrated”.
1966 – Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers set a National Basketball Association (NBA) record as he reached a career high of 20,884 points after seven seasons.
1968 – The fourth Madison Square Gardens opened.
1979 – Twenty-year-old rookie, Don Maloney, of the New York Rangers, scored his first goal in the National Hockey League. It came on his first NHL shot.
1979 – Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists. He was killed in a shootout between his abductors and police.
1980 – Walter Cronkite announced his retirement from the “CBS Evening News.”
1983 – A 6-year-old boy became the first person to receive a heart and liver transplants in the same operation.
1985 – Cable News Network (CNN) reporter Jeremy Levin was freed. He had been being held in Lebanon by extremists.
1989: Union Carbide agreed on damages worth $470 million for Bhopal disaster
1997 – Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery began a series of spacewalks that were required to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope.
1998 – U.S. authorities officially announced that Eric Rudolph was a suspect in a bombing of an abortion clinic in Alabama.
2002 – Sylvester Stallone filed a lawsuit against Kenneth Starr. The suit alleged that Starr had given bad advice about selling Planet Hollywood stock.
2003 – In Madrid, Spain, a ceramic plate with a bullfighting motif painted by Pablo Picasso in 1949 was stolen from an art show. The plate was on sale for $12,400.
2005 – The video-sharing website YouTube was activated.>