► 1813 - James Lawrence, the mortally-wounded commander of the
USS Chesapeake, gave the now famous line: "Don't give up the
► 1831 - James Clark Ross discovered the Magnetic North Pole.
► 1965 (Explosion) A coal mine explosion in Fukuoka, Japan at
the Yamano mine killed 236 people.
► 1967 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles
► 1968 - Blind and Deaf popular icon Helen Keller died. (born
June 27, 1880)
► 1974 - The Heimlich maneuver, named after Dr. Henry Heimlich,
was published in the journal Emergency Medicine.
► 1980 - The Cable News Network (CNN) began broadcasting
► 1991- The Comedy Network became Comedy Central
► 1994 - FX Network makes its debut. It was the first cable
TV network owned by FOX.
► 1996 - Major League Baseball debuted for the first time on
► 2009 - The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien premiered on NBC
► 2009 - General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
► 455 - The Sack of Rome: Vandals enter Rome, and plundered
the city for several weeks.
► 1098 - First Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch ended as
Crusader forces take the city. The crusades were a result of Muslim
conquests of the Christian holy lands.
► 1835 - P. T. Barnum and his circus began touring the United
► 1865 - Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, a commander
of Confederate forces, signed the surrender terms offered by Union
negotiators, ending the US civil war.
► 1953 - The coronation of the United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth
► 1962 - Ray Charles hit Billboards Top 5 in both Pop and R&B
with a country tune - "I Can't Stop Loving You"
► 1966 - Surveyor 1 landed in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon.
► 1991 - Liquid Television debuted on MTV
► 2004 - Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the
syndicated game show Jeopardy.
► 1888 - The poem 'Casey at the Bat' by Ernest Lawrence Thayer,
was published in the San Francisco Examiner.
► 1889 - The first long-distance electric power transmission
line in the United States was completed, 14 miles between a generator
at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.
► 1956 - Santa Cruz, CA authorities announced a total ban on
rock and roll at public gatherings, calling the music "Detrimental
to both the health and morals of our youth and community."
► 1965 - Ed White, a Gemini 4 crew member, performs the first
► 1968 - Valerie Solanas attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol
by shooting him three times.
► 1992 - Presidential candidate Bill Clinton appeared on the
Arsenio Hall Show and played the saxophone
► 1996 - Zenith introduced the first HDTV-compatible front projection
TV in the U.S.
► 1989 - The government of China sent troops to force protesters
out of Tiananmen Square after seven weeks of occupation.
► 2010 - Long suspected of his involvement in the 2005 disappearance
of Natalee Holloway, Joran van der Sloot was arrested for the murder
of Stephany Flores in Lima, Peru.
► 1784 - Elisabeth Thible was the first woman to fly in an untethered
hot air balloon, flying for about 45 minutes.
► 1812 - Following Louisiana's admittance as a U.S. state, the
Louisiana Territory is renamed the Missouri Territory.
► 1876 - The Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco,
California, in only 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York
► 1919 - The US Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the
United States Constitution, which guaranteed voting for women, and
sends it to the individual states for ratification.
► 1974 - During a 'Ten Cent Beer Night' inebriated Cleveland
Indians fans started misbehaving, causing the game to be forfeited
to the Texas Rangers.
► 1976 - 'The gig that changed the world.' A few dozen people
saw the debut of the Sex Pistols at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in
► 1986 - Jonathan Pollard pled guilty to espionage for selling
top secret United States military intelligence to Israel.
► 1989 - The 'Tank Man' halted the progress of a column of advancing
tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen Square protests of
► 1851 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery serial, Uncle
Tom's Cabin (or Life Among the Lowly) began a ten-month run in the
National Era, an abolitionist newspaper.
► 1883 - The first regularly scheduled Orient Express left Paris.
► 1933 - US President Franklin D. Roosevelt took the United
States off of the "Gold Standard", a result of the Great
Depression. President Nixon, in 1971, completed the transition when
he announced that the United States would no longer convert dollars
to gold at a fixed value, $35 an ounce at that time.
► 1956 - Elvis Presley introduced his new single, 'Hound Dog',
on The Milton Berle Show
► 1966 - The Beatles had a taped appearance on The Ed Sullivan
Show, debuting music videos for "Rain" and "Paperback
► 1968 - Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed at the Ambassador
Hotel in Los Angeles, by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian.
► 1981 - The "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report"
of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five
people in Los Angeles, California, had a rare form of pneumonia seen
only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to
be the first recognized cases of AIDS.
► 1989 - The Tiananmen Square protests ended violently in Beijing
by the People's Liberation Army, with at least 241 dead. Many western
journalists had errantly speculated that the army would not fight
against the people.
► 1995 - Singled Out with host Chris Hardwick premiered on MTV
► 2011 - Teen Wolf premiered on MTV
► 1844 - The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) was founded
► 1882 (Cyclone) More than 100,000 people in Bombay, India were
► 1889 - The Great Seattle Fire destroyed 25 blocks of downtown
► 1912 (Volcano Eruption) Novarupta
► 1933 - America's first drive-in opened near Camden, New Jersey,
opened today. The first feature was a 1932 film, "Wives Beware,"
and admission was 25 cents per car and an additional 25 cents per
► 1944 - D-Day: the day the Allied powers crossed the English
Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, turning the
tide of the war against Germany.
► 1948 - BBC Television begins broadcasting again for the first
time since 1939.
► 1964 - The Rolling Stones made their American TV debut on
The Hollywood Palace.
► 1971 - The Ed Sullivan Show aired for the very time on CBS.
► 1983 - Reading Rainbow premiered on PBS
► 1997 - Farrah Fawcett made a bizarre appearance on the Late
Show With David Letterman. She went on long tirades and story-telling
sprees that made little to no sense and was distracted by blinking
lights in the studio.
► 1998 - Sex and The City premiered on HBO
► 2002 - A near-Earth asteroid, estimated at 30 feet in diameter,
exploded over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya.
► 2005 - In Gonzales v. Raich, the US Supreme Court upheld a
federal law banning cannabis, including medical marijuana.
► 1692 (Earthquake) Port Royal, Jamaica, over 1,000 people were
► 1755 (Earthquake) Tabriz, Iran
► 1893 - Mohandas Gandhi committed his first act of civil disobedience.
► 1955 - The $64,000 Question debuted on CBS.
► 1962 - Credit Suisse (then known as Schweizerische Kreditanstalt)
opened the first drive-through bank, in Switzerland at St. Peter-Strasse
17, near Paradeplatz in downtown Zurich.
► 1976 - 'The Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night' by journalist
Nik Cohn was published in New York Magazine. It was the inspiration
for the film 'Saturday Night Fever.'
► 1981 - The Israeli Air Force destroyed Iraq's Osiraq nuclear
reactor during Operation Opera.
► 1990 - Universal Studios Florida opened in Orlando, FL.
► 2002 - Kim Possible premiered on The Disney Channel.
► 632 - Muhammad, the Islamic prophet, died in Medina.
► 1783 (Volcano Eruption) Laki, Iceland, killed over 9,000 over
a period of months, and caused a 7 year famine.
► 1906 - Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into
law, authorizing the President to restrict the use of certain parcels
of public land with historical or conservation value.
► 1948 - Texaco Star Theater (later The Milton Berle Show) was
first broadcast on NBC
► 1949 - George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is published.
► 1949 - The FBI reported notable Hollywood elite as communists,
including John Garfield, Paul Robeson, Paul Muni, and Edward G. Robinson.
► 1953 (Tornado) Flint, Michigan
► 1953 - The US Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in Washington
DC, could not refuse to serve black patrons.
► 1966 - National Football League (NFL) and American Football
League (AFL) announced that they would merge.
► 1969 - Founder Brian Jones quit The Rolling Stones. He died
a month later, at age 27.
► 1990 - Charles Freeman, the owner of E-C Records store in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was charged with illegally selling the 'legally
obscene' 2 Live Crew's 'As Nasty As They Wanna Be' to an undercover
► 1650 - The Harvard Corporation, one of the two administrative
boards of Harvard, was established. It was the first legal corporation
in the Americas.
► 1856 - 500 Mormons left Iowa City, Iowa, and headed west for
Salt Lake City.
► 1934 - Donald Duck debuted in The Wise Little Hen.
► 1978 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormans)
opened its priesthood to "all worthy men", ending a 148-year-old
policy of excluding black men.
► 1984 (Tornado) Belyanitsky, Ivanovo, and Balino, Russia
► 1993 - 'Hollywood Madame' Heidi Fleiss was arrested.
► 1997 - Married With Children television series came to an
end on FOX.
► 2006 - Disney's 'Cars' was released in theaters.
► 1692 - Bridget Bishop was hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem,
Massachusetts, for "certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft
► 1829 - The first Boat Race between the University of Oxford
and the University of Cambridge took place. Oxford won.
► 1854 - The first class of United States Naval Academy students
► 1886 (Volcano Eruption) Mount Tarawera
► 1916 - An Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire led by Lawrence
of Arabia began.
► 1935 - Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, United
States, by Dr. Robert Smith and Bill Wilson.
► 1944 - 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds became
the youngest player ever in a Major League Baseball game.
► 1947 - Saab produced its first automobile.
► 1977 - The Apple II, one of the first personal computers,
went on sale.
► 1991 - 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped in South
Lake Tahoe, California; she was freed in 2009.
► 1994 - Pay television content descriptors which describe the
varying degrees of suggestive or explicit content in a series and
movies began being broadcast by pay channels such as HBO, Cinemax
► 2007 - HBO's critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning Mob-family
drama 'The Sopranos' ended with a sudden cut to black and silence,
leaving many fans to wonder whether Tony Soprano was dead or still
► 323 BC - Alexander the Great died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar
II in Babylon.
► 1509 - Henry VIII of England married Catherine of Aragon.
► 1837 - The Broad Street Riot occurred in Boston, fueled by
ethnic tensions between Yankees and Irish.
► 1949 - Hank Williams, Sr. debuted at the Grand Ole Opry.
► 1955 - Eighty-three spectators were killed and at least 100
are injured after an Austin-Healey and a Mercedes-Benz collided at
the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the deadliest accident to date in motorsports.
► 1962 - Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin (allegedly)
became the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island.
They were never seen again after escaping on an inflatable raft.
► 1963 - Alabama Governor George Wallace (D) stood at the door
of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in an attempt to
block two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending
► 1979 - Actor John Wayne died afrer a decade-long fight with
► 1982 - E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was released in theaters.
► 1986 - 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' was released in theaters.
The rare Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California was not really destroyed
in the film.
► 2001 - Timothy McVeigh was executed for his role in the 1995
Oklahoma City bombing.
► 2002 - American Idol premiered on FOX
► 2002 - Antonio Meucci was acknowledged as the first inventor
of the telephone by the United States Congress. His 1871 patent was
not as detailed as Alexander Graham Bell's 1876 patent.
► 1790 - A 'Red Globe' was being reported by many people, flying
► 1899 (Tornado) New Richmond, Wisconsin
► 1939 - The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New
► 1942 - Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday.
► 1964 - Anti-apartheid activist and ANC leader Nelson Mandela
was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage in South Africa.
► 1967 - The US Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declared
all US state laws which prohibit interracial marriage to be unconstitutional.
► 1972 - Fast food restaurant chain Popeyes was founded in Arabi,
► 1987 - "Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev,
tear down this wall." - Ronald Reagan, referring to the Berlin
► 1998 - Geraldo ended (syndicated show)
► 1994 - Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered
outside her home in Los Angeles, California.
► 1997 - Queen Elizabeth II reopened the Globe Theatre in London.
► 1999 - The Style Network made its debut.
► 1373 - Anglo-Portuguese Alliance between England (succeeded
by the United Kingdom) and Portugal is the oldest international agreement
in the world which is still in force.
► 1525 - Ex-Catholic priest Martin Luther married Katharina
von Bora, against the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic
Church for priests and nuns.
► 1774 - Rhode Island became the first of Britain's North American
colonies to ban the importation of slaves.
► 1886 - Great Vancouver Fire destroyed much of the Canadian
► 1898 - Yukon Territory was formed, with Dawson chosen as its
► 1904 - PS General Slocum fire and sank, East River, New York
► 1927 - Aviator Charles Lindbergh received his famous ticker-tape
parade down 5th Avenue in New York City.
► 1962 - Stanley Kubrick's controversial Lolita was released.
► 1966 - The United States Supreme Court rules in Miranda v.
Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before
questioning them. It is a bit more detailed than what police say in
most televised crime dramas.
► 1971 - The New York Times published the "Pentagon Papers."
► 1994 - A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blamed recklessness by
Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster,
allowing victims of the oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages.
► 2012 - Dallas, originally on CBS, returned to television,
this time on TNT
► 1158 - Munich (in what is now Germany) was founded by Henry
the Lion on the banks of the river Isar.
► 1775 -The Continental Army was established by the Continental
Congress, marking the birth of the United States Army.
► 1777 - The Stars and Stripes was adopted by Congress as the
Flag of the United States. Today, June 14 is officially 'Flag day'
in the United States.
► 1789 - Whiskey distilled from maize was first produced by
American clergyman the Rev Elijah Craig. It is named Bourbon because
Rev Craig lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
► 1872 - Trade unions were legalized in Canada.
► 1954 - US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill that
placed the words 'under God' into the United States Pledge of Allegiance.
► 1959 - Disneyland Monorail System, the first daily operating
monorail system in the Western Hemisphere, opened to the public in
► 1966 - The Vatican announced the abolition of the Index Librorum
Prohibitorum ("index of prohibited books"), which was originally
instituted in 1557.
► 1967 - The People's Republic of China tested its first hydrogen
► 2002 - 'The Bourne Identity' was released in theaters.
► 763 BC - Assyrians recorded a solar eclipse, and that detail
was later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.
► 1215 - The signed (sealed) Magna Carta guaranteed King John
would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of
the church within his kingdom. This was probably the same King John
of Robin Hood lore.
► 1648 - Margaret Jones was hanged in Boston for witchcraft
in the first such execution for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
► 1752 - Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning is electricity
(traditional date, the exact date is unknown).
► 1844 - Charles Goodyear received a patent (#3,633) for vulcanization,
a process to strengthen rubber.
► 1846 - The Oregon Treaty established the 49th parallel as
the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains
to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
► 1878 - Eadweard Muybridge took a series of photographs to
prove that all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs;
the study becomes the basis of motion pictures. The purpose of the
shoot was to determine whether a galloping horse ever lifts all four
feet completely off the ground during the gait, since the human eye
could not break down the action. It is considered by many to be the
first 'motion picture.'
► 1896 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Meiji-Sanriku, Japan
► 1991 (Volcano Eruption) Mount Pinatubo
► 1994 - Israel and Vatican City established full diplomatic
► 2012 - Nik Wallenda became the first person to successfully
tightrope walk over Niagara Falls.
► 1816 - Lord Byron read 'Fantasmagoriana' to his four house
guests - Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori,
and inspired his challenge that each guest write a ghost story.
► 1858 - Abraham Lincoln gave his "a house divided against
itself cannot stand" speech.
► 1884 - The first public roller coaster, LaMarcus Adna Thompson's
"Switchback Railway" opened in New York's Coney Island amusement
► 1903 - The Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
► 1911 - IBM as founded as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording
Company in Endicott, New York.
► 1961 - Dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the US from the Soviet
► 1963 - Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman
in space on Vostok 6.
► 1967 - The Monterey Pop Festival began.
► 2010 - Hot in Cleveland premiered on TV Land.
► 1462 - Vlad III the Impaler attempted to assassinate Mehmed
II, forcing him to retreat from Wallachia, in Romania.
► 1963 - The US Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in Abington School
District v. Schempp, against requiring the reciting of Bible verses
and the Lord's Prayer in public schools.
► 1971 - President Richard Nixon declared the US War on Drugs.
► 1987 - Florida's Dusky Seaside Sparrow became extinct when
'Orange band', the last known of the species, died.
► 1994 - All major networks provided live coverage of the O.J.
Simpson low-speed car chase in the White Bronco. The chase concluded
with Simpson's surrender to authorities in front of his mansion in
► 1812 - The U.S. Congress declares war on Great Britain, Canada,
and Ireland, starting The War of 1812.
► 1815 - Napoleon defeated at Waterloo, in Belgium.
► 1873 - Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote
in the 1872 presidential election.
► 1923 - Checker Taxi puts its first taxi on the streets of
► 1930 - Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Franklin Institute
were held in Philadelphia, PA.
► 1983 - The space shuttle Challenger launched into space on
its second mission, with Dr. Sally Ride, making her the first American
woman in space.
► 1984 - Conservative talk radio host Alan Berg - "the
man you love to hate" - was gunned down and killed in the driveway
of his home in Denver, Colorado.
► 1718 (Earthquake) Gansu, China
► 1846 - The first officially recorded, organized baseball game
was played under Alexander Cartwright's rules on Hoboken, New Jersey's
Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers
► 1862 - The US Congress prohibited slavery in United States
territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.
► 1905 - The first nickelodeon theater opened in Pittsburgh,
► 1910 - The first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.
► 1952 - I've Got A Secret premiered on CBS
► 1953 - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for spying
for the Soviet Union, at Sing Sing, in New York.
► 2011 - Falling Skies premiered on TNT
► 2012 - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requested asylum in
London's Ecuatorian Embassy for fear of extradition to the US after
publication of previously classified documents.
► 1214 - The University of Oxford received its Royal charter.
► 1782 - Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States,
with the Bald Eagle clutching both an olive branch and thirteen arrows.
► 1837 - Queen Victoria succeeded to the British throne.
► 1840 - Samuel Morse received the patent (#1647) for the telegraph.
► 1893 - Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father
► 1945 - The United States Secretary of State approved the transfer
of Wernher von Braun (and other Nazi rocket scientists) to America.
► 1948 - Toast of the Town, a variety series hosted by Ed Sullivan,
premiered on CBS. It was later renamed 'The Ed Sullivan Show."
► 1963 - The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to establish
a "hot line" communication system between the two nations.
► 1975 - Hollywood's first major summer 'must see' blockbuster,
Jaws, opened in theaters.
► 1788 - The United States Constitution was ratified whne the
ninth state, Rhode Island signed on.
► 1877 - The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants convicted
of murder, were hanged in Pennsylvania prisons, in Schuylkill County
and Carbon County.
► 1940 - The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest
Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
► 1948 - Columbia Records introduced the long-playing record
album (33 1/3 revolutions per minute) in a public demonstration at
the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, New York. The first was released
in 1949 - ML 4001, Nathan Milstein performing the Mendelssohn violin
► 1990 (Earthquake) Rudbar, Iran
► 1633 - The Holy Office in Rome forced Galileo Galilei to recant
his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe
► 1870 - US Congress created the United States Department of
► 1937 - Joe Louis won the world heavyweight boxing title when
he defeated Jim Braddock.
► 1942 - Pledge of Allegiance was formally adopted by Congress.
► 1950 - The publication 'Red Channels: The Report of Communist
Influence in Radio and Television' listed many suspected communists
in American media, including Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lena
Horne, Pete Seeger, Artie Shaw and Orson Welles.
► 2001 - 'The Fast and the Furious' was released in theaters.
► 2009 - Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue
sales of the Kodachrome Color Film.
► 1683 - William Penn signed a friendship treaty with Lenni
Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania.
► 1868 - Christopher Latham Sholes received the patents (#79265
& #79868) for an invention he called the "Type-Writer."
He also invented the 'QWERTY keyboard' in 1873.
► 1894 - The International Olympic Committee was founded at
the Sorbonne in Paris.
► 1926 - The College Board administered the first SAT exam.
► 1944 (Tornado) Shinnston, West Virginia
► 1973 - A fire at a house in Hull, England which killd a six
year old boy, was the first of 26 deaths by fire caused over the next
seven years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale.
► 1980 - The David Letterman Show debuted on NBC daytime. It
was cancelled a few months later.
► 1989 - Batman, starring Micheal Keaton, was released in theaters.
► 2013 - Nik Wallenda became the first man to successfully walk
across the Grand Canyon on a tight rope.
► 1374 - An early, sudden outbreak of 'St. John's Dance' caused
people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations
and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from
► 1916 - Mary Pickford became the first female film star to
sign a million dollar contract (with Adolph Zukor/Paramount).
► 1938 - Pieces of a meteor, estimated to have weighed 450 metric
tons when it hit the Earth's atmosphere and exploded, landed near
Chicora, in western Pennsylvania.
► 1947 - Kenneth Arnold reported seeing the Mount Rainier UFO
► 1948 - Veteran Pilots Clartence Chiles and Charles Whitted,
in Alabama, saw a cigashaped vehicle, with windows, flying beside
► 1949 - The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, aired
on NBC starring William Boyd.
► 1957 - Jack Parr became the host to the revived Tonight Show
► 1997 - US Air Force officials released a 231-page report dismissing
all of the claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico,
► 2004 - In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.
► 2008 - Wipeout premiered on ABC.
► 1876 - Native American forces, led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and
Sitting Bull, defeated the US Army troops lead by Lieutenant Colonel
George Armstrong Custer in a battle near southern Montana's Little
► 1910 - The US Congress passed the Mann Act, which prohibited
interstate transport of females for "immoral purposes."
► 1914 - The Greal Salem Fire, Massachusettes
► 1944 - The final page of the comic strip Krazy Kat was published,
months after the author, George Herriman died.
► 1947 - The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary
of Anne Frank) was published.
► 1949 - The cartoon classic, 'Long-Haired Hare' starring Bugs
Bunny, was released in theaters.
► 1967 - The special Our World was the first live worldwide
"via satellite" TV broadcast, transmitting to 30 countries
via the BBC. The Beatles closed the show ith 'All You Need Is Love'.
Performers include Mick Jagger, opera singer Maria Callas, Vienna
Boys' Choir, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Pattie Harrison,
Jane Asher, Graham Nash, and others. The show lasted 2 and a half
► 1978 - The rainbow flag, representing gay pride, was flown
for the first time in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
► 2009 - Michael Jackson died after suffering from cardiac arrest
caused by a fatal combination of drugs given to him by his personal
doctor, Conrad Murray.
► 1807 - Lightning struck a gunpowder factory in Luxembourg,
killing more than 300 people.
► 1870 - Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United
► 1906 - 1906 French Grand Prix, the first Grand Prix motor
racing event was held. Ferenc Szisz, driving for the Renault team,
won the two day event.
► 1926 - Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises novel was released.
► 1927 - The Cyclone roller coaster opened on Coney Island.
► 1934 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal
Credit Union Act, which established credit unions in the US.
► 1936 - The first flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first
working helicopter, in Berlin, Germany.
► 1945 - The United Nations Charter was signed, in San Francisco.
► 1948 - Shirley Jackson's short story, The Lottery, was published
in The New Yorker magazine.
► 1963 - US President John F. Kennedy gave his "Ich bin
ein Berliner" speech.
► 1974 - The Universal Product Code was scanned for the first
time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket
in Troy, Ohio.
► 1977 - Elvis Presley performed the final concert of his life
in Indianapolis, Indiana.
► 1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Communications
Decency Act violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
► 1556 - The thirteen Stratford Martyrs were burned at the stake
near London for their Protestant beliefs.
► 1844 - Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Mormons, and his
brother Hyrum Smith, were murdered by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois
► 1949 - The first sci-fi TV show, Captain Video and His Video
Rangers debuted. 1966 - ABC's dark shadows premiered.
► 1968 - Elvis Presley filmed his 'Comeback Special'
► 1976 - Air France Flight 139 (Tel Aviv-Athens-Paris) was hijacked
en route to Paris by the PLO and redirected to Entebbe, Uganda.
► 1985 - US Route 66 was officially removed from the United
States Highway System.
► 1635 - Guadeloupe became a French colony.
► 1838 - Coronation of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
► 1894 - Labor Day became an official US holiday.
► 1895 - The US Court of Private Land Claims rules James Reavis'
claim to Barony of Arizona is "wholly fictitious and fraudulent."
► 1914 - World War One (orginally 'The Great War') began with
the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, in Serajevo.
► 1926 - Mercedes-Benz was formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl
Benz merging their two companies.
► 1964 - Malcolm X formed the Organization of Afro-American
► 1969 - Stonewall Riots began in New York City, marking the
start of the Gay Rights Movement.
► 1992 (Eathquakes) Landers, California, about 100 miles east
of Los Angeles.
► 1997 - Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear in the third
round of their heavyweight rematch, earning a disqualification.
► 2007 - Burn Notice premiered on USA
► 1613 - The Globe Theatre in London burned to the ground.
► 1956 - The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 was signed, officially
creating the United States Interstate Highway System.
► 1967 - Actress Jayne Mansfield died in car crash on Interstate
90, east of New Orleans, Louisiana.
► 1974 - Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union
to Canada while on tour with the Kirov Ballet.
► 1995 - STS-71 Mission; Atlantis Space Shuttle docked with
the Russian space station Mir for the first time.
► 1998 - The Lifetime Movie Network made its debut.
► 2007 - Apple released its first mobile phone, the iPhone.
► 1859 - Jean-Francois Gravelet, known as Emile Blondin, became
the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
► 1860 - The 1860 Oxford evolution debate (Huxley-Wilberforce
debate or the Wilberforce-Huxley debate) at the Oxford University
Museum of Natural History took place.
► 1906 - The United States Congress passes the Meat Inspection
Act and Pure Food and Drug Act.
► 1936 - Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind was published.
► 1952 - The Guiding Light premiered on CBS.
► 1953 - The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly
line in Flint, Michigan.
► 1966 - The National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded.
► 1971 - Ohio ratifies the 26th Amendment to the US Constitution,
reducing the voting age to 18, putting the amendment into effect.
► 1972 - The first leap second was added to the UTC time system.
► 1987 - Iran-Contra hearings aired during daytime television,
pre-empting most programming.
► 1989 - 'Do The Right Thing' was released in theaters.