1789- The Electoral College choose George Washington as the First President of the United States
1826- The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper is published
1861 – Six Southern states form the Confederate States of America
1932- The first Winter Olympics in the United States open in Lake Placid, New York
1945- FDR, Churchill and Stalin meet at Yalta in the Crimea to discuss the post- WW II world.