On this day in 1967, The Soviet Union joined most of the worlds major powers by ratifying the treaty banning nuclear weapons from outer space.

In 1643, The colonies of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Harbor met to form the New England Confederation.

In 1857, The electric fire alarm system was patented by William F. Channing and Moses G. Farmer.

In 1921, The Emergency Quota Act was passed into law establishing national quotas for immigrants which limited the number of immigrants admitted into the US.

In 1935, The National Football League (NFL) adopted an annual college draft to begin in 1936.

In 1974, Valery Giscard d'Estaing is elected President of France, defeating Francois Mitterrand.

In 1992, The 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises.