- 1812 â€“ Russia establishes a fur trading colony at Fort Ross, California.
- 1653 â€“ New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.
- 1848 â€“ California Gold Rush: The first ship with Chinese immigrants arrives in San Francisco, California.
- 1876 â€“ The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs of Major League Baseball is formed.
- 1887 â€“ In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed.
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