2008 - NASA beams The Beatles' song "Across the Universe" to Polaris, better known as the North Star. The unique broadcast celebrates the 40th anniversary of the song and the 45th anniversary of NASA's Deep Space Network -- which communicates with its distant probes -- and the 50th anniversary of the space agency. Even at the speed of light, the signal will take 431 years to reach its destination -- Polaris is two-point-five-quadrillion miles from Earth.
2004 -Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg launches the site that will become Facebook as thefacebook.com.
1999- Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York is announced as the location of Woodstock '99.
1997- Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores his 600th National Hockey League goal during his 719th game. Only Wayne Gretzy had previously reached the same scoring milestone in fewer games (718).
1989 - Guns N' Roses becomes the first act in 15 years (since Jim Croce) to have two albums in the Top 5 of Billboard's album chart: Appetite for Destruction and the mini-album G n' R Lies.
1988 - Metallica's Cliff 'Em All video is certified gold and platinum.
1987- Liberace dies of AIDS at age 67.
1974- Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst is kidnapped in Berkeley, California by a radical group calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army.
1972- South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond sends a secret memo to Attorney General John Mitchell suggesting that John Lennon be deported as an "undesirable alien" due to his "political views and activism."
1969 - Paul McCartney responds to the other Beatles decision to make Allen Klein the group's business manager by engaging Eastman & Eastman, Linda Eastman's father's law firm, as general counsel for Apple.
1968 - Neal Cassady -- the godfather of the Beat Generation and the inspiration for Jack Kerouac's On the Road -- dies in Mexico at age 41.
1966- In London, The Who begin their first headlining theater tour of England on a bill with Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages.
1932 - The United Service Organization (USO) is founded.
1941- The first Winter Olympics in the United States are held at Lake Placid, New York.