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

1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver (More info)

1870 – Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in Congress (More info)

1901 – J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation (More info)

1964 – Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali, shocks the odds-makers by dethroning world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a seventh-round technical knockout (More info)

1986 – President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos flees the nation after 20 years of rule (More info)