In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state of the union.
In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.
In 1813, the commander of the U.S. frigate Chesapeake, Capt. James Lawrence, said, “Don’t give up the ship” during a losing battle with a British frigate.
In 1868, James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, died near Lancaster, Pa.
In 1926, actress Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles.
Ten years ago
The U.S. Treasury Department, responding to U.N. sanctions imposed on Yugoslavia, froze an estimated $200 million in assets of the Serb-led Yugoslav government. The Pittsburgh Penguins completed a four-game sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks to win hockey’s Stanley Cup for the second straight year.
Five years ago
Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, was fatally burned in a fire set by her 12-year-old grandson in her Yonkers, N.Y., apartment. The Broadway show “Titanic” won five Tony Awards, including best musical.
One year ago
A suicide bomber attacked a Tel Aviv nightclub, killing himself and 21 Israelis. The king, queen and seven other members of Nepal’s royal family were slain by Crown Prince Dipendra, who then mortally wounded himself. “Dennis the Menace” creator Hank Ketcham died in Pebble Beach, Calif., at age 81.