1787 – Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.
1842 – First concert of the New York Philharmonic.
1930 – W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts telecasts video from the CBS radio orchestra program, The Fox Trappers.
1932 – German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.
1941 – The Imperial Japanese Navy carries out a surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet and its defending Army and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
1963 – Instant replay makes its debut during the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.
1972 – Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, is launched. The crew takes the photograph known as The Blue Marble as they leave the Earth.
1982 – In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr., becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.
1993 – Passenger Colin Ferguson murders six people and injures 19 others on the Long Island Rail Road in Nassau County, New York.
Ureli Corelli Hill, first president and conductor of the New York Philharmonic Society
1910 – Louis Prima, American singer-songwriter, trumpet player, and actor (d. 1978)
1970 – Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist, sculptor, and author (b. 1883)