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

1842 – Anesthesia is used for the first time during surgery (More info)

1867 – US Secretary of State William H. Seward agrees to purchase Alaska from Russia for $7 million (More info)

1870 – The 15th Amendment, which granted African-American men the right to vote, is formally adopted (More info)

1964 – The game show ‘Jeopardy!’ debuts on television (More info)

1981 – President Ronald Reagan is shot by John Hinckley, Jr. (More info)