1836 – The city of Houston, named after former General Sam Houston, was founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen.
1945 – Hong Kong was liberated from Japan by British Armed Forces.
1963 – The Moscow to Washington hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union went into operation.
1967 – Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first African American Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
1984 – The Space Shuttle Discovery took off on its maiden voyage.
1993- David Letterman premiered his late night talk show on CBS.
1999- Countess Vaughn left the series Moesha for her own spinoff series The Parkers with Monique. She was the first African-American comedienne to receive a spin-off TV show.
2003 – While being towed across the Barents Sea, the decommissioned Russian submarine K-159 sank, taking nine of her crew and 800 kg of spent nuclear fuel with her.