1777 George Washington's army fights the Second Battle of Trenton, New Jersey.
1942 During World War II, Japanese forces capture Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
1870 Construction on the Brooklyn Bridge begins.
1959 Alaska becomes the 49th state (with 663,267 sq. miles!)
1892 US immigration station on Ellis Island in New York Harbor opens. Annie Moore, 15-year old lass from Ireland, entered the United States and history when she passed through its doors, becoming the first immigrant to be processed there.
1914 Henry Ford, head of the Ford Motor Co., introduces a wage of $5 a day in his automotive factories.
1838 Samuel Morse conducts a successful demonstration of his telegraph near Morristown, NJ.
1942 The Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper arrives in New York City to complete the first round-the-world trip by a commercial airplane.
1782 The Bank of North America, the first U.S. commercial bank, opens in Philadelphia, PA.
1789 The first presidential election is held as Americans vote for electors who, a month later, choose George Washington as the nation's first president.
1790 President George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York City.
1935 Rock 'n' Roll king Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Mississippi.