Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1788 – Captain Arthur Phillip guides a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts to the colony of New South Wales, effectively founding Australia (More info)

1961 – President John F. Kennedy appoints Janet Travell as his personal physician, making her the first woman in history to hold the post (More info)

1984 - Michael Jackson was hospitalized with scalp burns after a spark ignited his hair while during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.

1988 - The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Phantom of the Opera"  opened on Broadway.

1992 – Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia will stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons (More info)

1998 – President Bill Clinton denies having had “sexual relations” with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky (More info)

2003 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first NFL championship, routing the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl 37.

2006 – During a live broadcast of her daytime TV talk show, Oprah Winfrey famously confronts author James Frey about fabrications in his memoir, ‘A Million Little Pieces’ (More info)

 

It's  "National Peanut Brittle Day"; Michigan became our 26th state on this date in 1837, and the TV series "The Dukes Of Hazzard" premiered on this date in 1979, and yes, Catherine Bach did wear pantyhose with those "Daisy Dukes".