1910 The Earth passes through the tail of Comet Halley.
1931 Japanese pilot Seiji Yoshihara crashed his plane in the Pacific Ocean while trying to be the first to cross the ocean nonstop. He was picked up seven hours later by a passing ship.
1953 The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, Jacqueline Cochran, piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour.
1971 The Montreal Canadiens (E) win the Stanley Cup 4 games to 3 over the Chicago Black Hawks (W).
1775 American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Quebec.
1944 American Army troops of the 163rd Infantry Regiment storm the beach during the invasion of Wakde Island, New Guinea.
1969 Venera program: Soviet Venera 6 begins its descent into the atmosphere of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure.
1983 Islanders win fourth consecutive Stanley Cup 4 games to 0 over the Edmonton Oilers.
1960 Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
1963 After 22 Earth orbits Gordon Cooper returned to Earth, ending Project Mercury.
1965 Spaghetti-O's went on sale.
1976 The Montreal Canadiens (PW) win the Stanley Cup 4 games to 0 over the Philadelphia Flyers (CC).
1982 The New York Islanders (PW) win the Stanley Cup 4 games to 0 over the Vancouver Canucks (CC).
1926 Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth were forced down in Alaska after a four-day flight over an icecap. Ice had begun to form on the dirigible Norge.
1926 The New York Rangers were officially granted a franchise in the NHL. The NHL also announced that Chicago and Detroit would be joining the league in November.
1928 Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy
1987 The Soviet Union launches the Polyus prototype orbital weapons platform. It fails to reach orbit.
1787 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides.
1853 Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk.
1940 The Yermolayev Yer-2, a long-range Soviet medium bomber, has its first flight.
1977 The Montreal Canadiens (PW) win the Stanley Cup 4 games to 0 over the Boston Bruins (PW).
1873 Ludwig M. Wolf patented the sewing machine lamp holder.
1939 The first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later becomes WDRC-FM.
1949 The first gas turbine to pump natural gas was installed in Wilmar, AR.