1666 – The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying St. Paul’s Cathedral and 10,000 other buildings (More info)

1789 – The United States Department of the Treasury is founded (More info)

1901 – US Vice President Theodore Roosevelt first utters the famous phrase, “Speak softly and carry a big stick” (More info)

1945 – Japan’s formal surrender in World War II is celebrated as Victory over Japan, or V-J, Day (More info)

1963 – ‘CBS Evening News’ becomes network TV’s first half-hour weeknight news broadcast (More info)