In 1949, the Ladies Professional Golf Association of America was formed in New York City. Pictured is LPGA golfer Joanne Avard. (Baltimore Sun files)
1788: The Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election, and declared New York City the national capital.
1803: Commodore John Barry, considered by many the father of the American Navy, died in Philadelphia.
1948: Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
1990: The combination police-courtroom drama "Law & Order" premiered on NBC television.
Compiled by Lori Sears and Paul McCardell.