- 1991 – Congress authorizes the use of military force against Iraq to drive them out of Kuwait, precipitating the Gulf War.
- 1910 – The 1st public radio broadcast airs in New York City. It is a performance of an opera at the Metropolitan Opera House.
- 1968 – Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison.
- 1954 – The American Motors Company is formed by the merging of the Hudson Motor Car Company and Nash-Kelvinator. AMC is now part of the Chrysler Corporation. It was bought out in 1987 and renamed Eagle.
- 1870 – A political cartoon in Harper’s Weekly by Thomas Nast symbolizes a donkey with the Democratic Party for the 1st time.
- 1889 – The Coca-Cola Company is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1967 – The 1st Super Bowl is played between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs in Los Angeles, California. The Packers won 35-10.
- 2001 – Wikipedia goes online.
- 1786 – The Statute for Religious Freedom (written by Thomas Jefferson) is enacted by Virginia.
- 1883 – The 18th Amendment is ratified, authorizing Prohibition.
- 1917 – The Virgin Islands are purchased from Denmark for $25 million.
- 1929 – Popeye, created by Elzie Segar, appears for the 1st time in the Thimble Theater comic strip.
- 1949 – The 1st sitcom on American television, The Goldbergs, airs.
- 1961 – President Dwight D Eisenhower delivers a farewell address and warns the American people against the influence of the military industrial complex. Why didn’t we listen to you Ike?
- 1903 – The 1st transatlantic radio transmission is sent by President Theodore Roosevelt to King Edward VII.