1904: The opera classic Madama Butterfly debuts.
1925: The New Yorker Magazine is founded.
1933: Newsweek magazine publishes its first issue.
1933: The Blaine Act is implemented, thereby ending the era of alchool prohibition in the United States.
1944: In World War II, The Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins.
1947: Voice of America radio begins broadcasting its message into the Soviet Union.
1968: The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1972: Sales of the Volkswagon Beetle surpass those of the Ford Model T, setting a new record for car sales.
1972: U.S President Richard M Nixon sets off on a historic trip to China, to open relations with the Communist country.