1922 The U.S. Postmaster General orders all homes to get mailboxes or relinquish delivery of mail.

1924 Calvin Coolidge is elected 30th president of the United States.

1924 Nellie Tayloe Ross and Miriam Ferguson are elected first and second women governors (Wyoming and Texas).

1952 General Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected 34th president of the United States.

1979 At the American Embassy in Teheran, Iran, 90 people, including 63 Americans, are taken hostage by militant student followers of Ayatollah Khomeini. The students demand the return of Shah Mohammad Reza Pablavi, who is undergoing medical treatment in New York City.

1980 Ronald Reagan is elected the 40th president of the United States.

1992 Carol Moseley Braun becomes the first African American woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

2008 Senator Barack Obama of Illinois elected 44th president of the United States, the first African American to hold that position.