In 1807, former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted on charges of plotting to annex Spanish territory in Louisiana and Mexico to be used toward the establishment of an independent republic.
In 1836, the first American settlement in northern Oregon Territory was established by Dr. Charles Whitman and his wife, Narcissa, near present-day Walla Walla, Wash.
In 1950, a new chapter in Porsche history began today, with the company's return to Zuffenhausen, Germany, and the completion of the first Porsche.
In 1983, Korean Airlines Flight 007 was flying from New York to Seoul when it strayed into restricted Soviet airspace over Sakhalin Island in the Sea of Japan. Soviet authorities attempted to first contact and then intercept the aircraft, and failing in this, a Soviet fighter was ordered to shoot it down.
In 1985, seventy-three years after it sunk to the North Atlantic ocean floor, a joint U.S.-French expedition located the wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic four hundred miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.