In 1982, Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” was released by Epic Records.
1782: The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
1803: Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.
1835: Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — was born in Florida, Missouri.
1874: British statesman Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.
1940: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married at the Byram River Beagle Club in Greenwich, Conn. (The marriage ended in divorce in 1960.)
1954: Ann Elizabeth Hodges of Oak Grove, Ala., was slightly injured when an 81/2 -pound chunk of meteorite crashed through the roof of her house, hit a radio cabinet, then hit her as she lay napping on a couch.
1965: “Unsafe at Any Speed” by Ralph Nader, a book highly critical of the U.S. auto industry, was first released in hardcover by Grossman Publishers.
1966: The former British colony of Barbados became independent.