In 1492, the Moors were driven out of Spain as Granada fell to the forces of Ferdinand and Isabella.
In 1967, Ronald Reagan was sworn in as governor of California.
In 1974, President Richard Nixon signed legislation instituting a 55-mph highway speed limit in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo.
In 2006, a methane gas explosion in a Sago, West Virginia, coal mine trapped 13 miners. Only one survived.