1777 The Continental Congress approves the articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.

1806 is first spotted by the explorer it is named after.

1939 President Roosevelt lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

1966 The Gemini 12 journey ends successfully as astronauts James Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. splash down safely in the Atlantic.

1969 Wendy's Hamburgers opens.

1979 ABC announces it would broadcast nightly specials on the Iran hostage crisis. In March, "Nightline" is born out of the updates.

1988 The Comedy Channel debuts.

1990 Milli Vanilli's producer confirms rumors the duo had not done any of the singing on their debut album, "Girl You Know It's True."

1992 Casey Kasem is inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.

1993 Joey Buttafuoco is sentenced to six months for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher.

1996 The two-hour "Dallas" reunion, "Dallas: J.R. Returns," airs.

2000 Michael Abram is acquitted of stabbing George Harrison in his home. Abram is found innocent by reason of insanity.

2002 “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” opens in theaters.

2005 “The Great American Songbook” album by Rod Stewart is released.

2005 “Live – The Beautiful Soul Tour” album by Jesse McCartney is released.

2005 “Some Hearts” album by Carrie Underwood is released.

2005 “Confessions On A Dancefloor” album by Madonna is released.

2006 Fans unveil a six-ton statue of Shakira in her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia.

2006 Emmitt Smith wins “Dancing With The Stars.”

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