1893 American sugar planters led by Sanford B. Dole overthrow Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani.
1994 A magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes Southern California, killing at least 61 people.
1782 Statesman and orator Daniel Webster is born in Salisbury, New Hampshire.
1919 The post-World War I peace conference begins in Paris, ultimately resulting in the Treaty of Versailles, which sets the terms for the end of the war.
1892 The first official basketball game takes place at a YMCA gymnasium in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1949 Harry Truman's inauguration is the first to be televised.
1973 The Supreme Court hands down a decision of Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion.