1940 - Desi Arnaz and Lucy eloped to Greenwich, Connecticut.
1971 - ABC-TV aired "Brian's Song." The movie was about Chicago Bears' Brian Picolo and his friendship with Gale Sayers.
1954 - In Sylacauga, AL, Elizabeth Hodges was injured when a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house. The rock weighed 8½-pounds.
1897 - Thomas Edison's own motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition.
1875 - A.J. Ehrichson patented the oat-crushing machine.
1803 - Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France.
1782 - The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.