In 1814, the first documented public performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” took place at the Holliday Street Theater in Baltimore.
1765: The Stamp Act Congress, meeting in New York, adopted a declaration of rights and liberties which the British Parliament ignored.
1781: British troops under Gen. Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Va., as the American Revolution neared its end.
1789: John Jay was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States.
1864: Confederate Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early's soldiers attacked Union forces at Cedar Creek, Va.; the Union troops were able...