1885 Special delivery mail service began in the United States. The first routes were in West Virginia.
1908 The Model T automobile was introduced by Henry Ford. The car cost $825.
1933 Babe Ruth made his final pitching appearance. He pitched all nine innings and hit a home run in the 5th inning.
1940 The Pennsylvania Turnpike opened as the first toll superhighway in the United States.
1946 The first baseball play-off game for a league championship was played. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-2. (MLB)
1961 Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run of the season to beat Babe Ruth's record of 60.
1962 Johnny Carson began hosting the "Tonight" show on NBC-TV. He stayed with the show for 29 years. Jack Paar was the previous host.
1971 Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, FL.
1980 Robert Redford became the first male to appear alone on the cover of "Ladies' Home Journal." He was the only male to achieve this in 97 years.
1996 A federal grand jury indicted Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski in 1994 mail bomb slaying of an ad executive.
2001 San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban Internet filters designed to keep pornography away from children at city libraries. The board left the decision up to the Library Commission to decided whether to install filtering software in children's areas. A federal law in the U.S. mandated the use of the filters.