1787

Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution becoming the first state to join the Union.

1873
Writer Willa Cather (My Antonía) born in Back Creek Valley, Virginia.

1921
James Joyce gives a reading of his works at Sylvia Beach's book store Shakespeare & Co. in Paris.

1937
Novelist John Kennedy Toole (A Confederacy of Dunces) born in New Orleans.

1941

Pearl Harbor - A Day That Will Live In Infamy.

1949
Singer Tom Waits born in Pomona, California.

1972

Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, launches.


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