970 – “NFL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won 31-21.
1973 – Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.
1981 – Belize gained full independence from Great Britain.
1982 – National Football League (NFL) players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.
1982 – Amin Gemayel was elected president of Lebanon. He was the brother of Bashir Gemayel who was the president-elect when he was assassinated.
1984 – General Motors and the United Auto Workers union reached an agreement that would end the previous six days of spot strikes.
1985 – North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.
1993 – Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.
1996 – The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.
1996 – John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, GA.