1783 – George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland.
1893 – The opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.
1913 – The Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve System.
1947 – The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
1954 – First successful kidney transplant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray.
1963 – Jim Harbaugh, American football player and coach is born.
1964 – Eddie Vedder, American singer-songwriter and guitarist is born.
1968 – The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo are released after eleven months of internment in North Korea.
1970 – The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, New York is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.
1973 – Irna Phillips, American screenwriter, created Guiding Light and As the World Turns (b. 1901) dies.
1986 – Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling.
2002 – A U.S. MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25 in the first combat engagement between a drone and conventional aircraft.