Brigham Young and the first members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) arrived at the Great Salt Lake.
Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, died in Kinderhook, N.Y.
Tennessee became the first Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union.
Charges against five black men accused of raping two white women in the Scottsboro case were dropped.
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over White House tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.
Nine coal miners were trapped in a mine in Pennsylvania. All were rescued three days later.