1783 – Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
1812 – Peter Gaillard patented the horse-drawn power mower.
1918 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson set sail for France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference. Wilson became the first chief executive to travel to Europe while in office.
1943 – Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis announced that any club was free to employ black players. He’s also remembered for his handling of the Black Sox scandal, in which he expelled eight members of the Chicago White Sox from organized baseball for conspiring to lose the 1919 World Series.
1945 – The U.S. Senate approved American participation in the United Nations.
1977 – Jean-Bedel Bokassa, ruler of the Central African Empire, crowned himself emperor in a ceremony believed to have cost more than $100 million. He was deposed 2 years later. (Image: rarehistoricalphotos.com)
1991 – Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson was released after nearly seven years in captivity in Lebanon.
1991 – Pan American World Airways ceased operations.