1500 – Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral lands in Brazil.
1889 – At high noon, thousands rush to claim land in the Land Rush of 1889. Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed with populations of at least 10,000.
1954 – Witnesses begin testifying and live television coverage of the Army–McCarthy hearings begins.
2000 – In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami.