1660 The books of John Milton were burned in London due to his attacks on King Charles II.
1921 The owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI. J.E. Clair paid tribute to those who worked in his plant by naming the team the Green Bay Packers.
1938 Robert Frost, in a fit of jealousy, set fire to some papers to disrupt a poetry recital by another poet, Archibald MacLeish.
1945 American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.
1972 North Vietnam's major port at Haiphong saw the first bombings from U.S. warplanes.
1984 U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher who was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.
1984 The Menetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village opened. It was the first new off-Broadway theater to be built in 50 years in New York City.
1996 California Governor, Pete Wilson, signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.
1998 In a Florida boot-camp for teens, two boys killed a counselor and used his car to escape. The boys, 16 and 17 years old, would be tried as adults for the pickax murder.