1789 – George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the newly-formed United States.
1812 – Louisiana became the 18th state admitted to the U.S.
1903 – Victor Records made its first Red Seal recording. The premiere disk featured Ada Crossley, an opera contralto.
1939 – The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service. The train car was known as the General Pershing Zephyr.
1939 – Baseball’s ‘Iron Horse,’ Lou Gehrig, played his last game with the New York Yankees.
1945 – Adolf Hitler and his mistress, Eva Braun, committed suicide in their bunker in Berlin.
1947 – The name of the Boulder Dam was changed back to its original name, Hoover Dam.
1948 – The United States and 20 Latin American nations signed a charter establishing the Organization of American States (OAS).
1964 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF channels and the new UHF channels.
1975 – Saigon – and all of Vietnam – fell into communist hands, marking the unofficial end of the Vietnam War, as the U.S. withdrew completely.