1789- North Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution and is admitted as the 12th U.S. state

1877- Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound

1920- Irish War of Independence: In Dublin, 31 people are killed in what became known as “Bloody Sunday”.

1922- Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States Senator

1694 – Voltaire, a French philosopher, is born

1985 – Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian singer-songwriter, is born