On this date:
1789, The first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation's first president.
In 1997, Newt Gingrich became the first Republican re-elected House speaker in 68 years.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial began in the Senate.
In 2006, Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, facing corruption charges, stepped down as House majority leader.