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

1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government (More info)

1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his “Great Society” during his State of the Union address (More info)

1974 – President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee (More info)

1999 – Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota (More info)

2007 – The 110th United States Congress elects Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in US history (More info)


It's also Eat An Oreo Cookie, Look at Your Teeth, and Remember To Floss Day; Short People Day (always on General Tom Thumb's birthday in 1838); Trivia Day and, for supper,  National Spaghetti Day.

Utah became the 45th U.S. State in 1896