U.S. forces, under the command of Gen. Richard Montgomery, captured Montreal during the American Revolution.
The world's first long, mechanically ventilated underwater tunnel, the Holland Tunnel, opened between New York and New Jersey.
Walt Disney's Fantasia debuted.
The minimum draft age was lowered from 21 to 18.
Vincent Schaefer produced artificial snow from a natural cloud for the first time at Mount Greylock in Massachusetts.
The Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on buses.
The Vietnam War Memorial, designed by Maya Lin, was dedicated in Washington, DC.
The Taliban abandoned Afghanistan's capital of Kabul when the Northern Alliance entered the city.