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

1789 – The office of United States Postmaster General is established (More info)

1862 – President Abraham Lincoln issues the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which proposes to free all slaves of rebel states as of January 1, 1863 (More info)

1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published (More info)

1961 – President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps as a permanent government agency (More info)

1980 – The Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupts into full-scale war (More info)