This was 8th day of the year and 357 days remained in the year.
The Battle of New Orleans, the last battle in the War of 1812, was fought.
Bobby Fischer won the United States Chess Championship for the first time at age 14.
President Lyndon Johnson announced his War on Poverty.
The AT&T Bell System telephone monopoly agreed to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies and split itself into seven "Baby Bells."
The mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Ramzi Yousef, was sentenced to life in prison.
Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords is among 17 shot by a gunman at a meeting outside a grocery store. Six people are fatally wounded, including United States District Court Judge John Roll, and a young girl. Police identify the gunman as Jared Lee Loughner.
Note: Dates in the Islamic calendar are provided for planning purposes only, and calculated with the hdate Islamic calendar program for moonrise in Boston, Masschusetts. Depending on your location and other factors, this result may differ from actual religious observances by one day. Please consult your local religious authority for any religious determinations of hejiric date.