1783 George Washington delivered his farewell address to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York City.
1816 James Monroe of Virginia was elected (by electors) the fifth president of the United States.
1875 William Marcy "Boss" Tweed of New York's Tammany Hall escaped from jail and fled the country.
1945 The Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations.
1978 Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco's first female mayor.
1991 Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson is released after seven years as a hostage in Lebanon.
1993 Rock musician and composer Frank Zappa died at age 52.
2003 Interpol put the former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor, on its most-wanted list.