(1789) – Georgetown College was established as the first Catholic college in the United States. The school is located in Washington, DC.
(1909) – RMS Republic, a passenger ship of the White Star Line, uses the CQD distress signal after colliding with another ship, the SS Florida. The Republic was the first ship to use the signal and sunk the next day. The event killed six people.
(1964) – The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. It prohibited the use of poll taxes in national elections.
(1979) – Willie Mays was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Mays was a 24-time All-Star and 12-time Golden Glove winner. He was elected into the Hall of Fame the first year he was eligible.
(2013) – In 1979, enlistment laws became the same for both men and women, but women were prohibited from combat roles. In 1994, the Department of Defense officially banned women from fighting in combat. But on January 23, 2013, the US Special Forces overturned the 1994 ruling.