► 1813 - James Lawrence, the mortally-wounded commander
of the USS Chesapeake, gave the now famous line: "Don't
give up the ship!"
► 1831 - James Clark Ross discovered the Magnetic North
► 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 was released.
► 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 FOX
► 2009 - The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien premiered
► 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
► 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
► 1962 - Ray Charles hit Billboards Top 5 in both Pop
and R&B with a country tune - "I Can't Stop Loving
► 1966 - Surveyor 1 landed in Oceanus Procellarum on
► 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
► 1965 - Ed White, a Gemini 4 crew member, performs
the first American spacewalk.
► 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 City.
► 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 Manchester, England
► 1986 - Jonathan Pollard pled guilty to espionage for
selling top secret United States military intelligence to
► 1989 - The 'Tank Man' halted the progress of a column
of advancing tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen
Square protests of 1989.
► 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
► 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 Writer."
► 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
► 2011 - Teen Wolf premiered on MTV
► 1844 - The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)
was founded in London.
► 1882 (Cyclone) More than 100,000 people in Bombay,
India were killed.
► 1889 - The Great Seattle Fire destroyed 25 blocks
of downtown Seattle.
► 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 person.
► 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
► 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
► 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 killed.
► 1755 (Earthquake) Tabriz, Iran
► 1893 - Mohandas Gandhi committed his first act of
► 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,
► 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
► 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 officer.
► 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 & Sorceries."
► 1829 - The first Boat Race between the University
of Oxford and the University of Cambridge took place. Oxford
► 1854 - The first class of United States Naval Academy
► 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
► 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 and Showtime.
► 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 alive.
► 323 BC - Alexander the Great died in the palace of
Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon.
► 1509 - Henry VIII of England married Catherine of
► 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
► 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 the school.
► 1979 - Actor John Wayne died afrer a decade-long fight
► 1982 - E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was released in
► 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
► 1790 - A 'Red Globe' was being reported by many people,
flying over France
► 1899 (Tornado) New Richmond, Wisconsin
► 1939 - The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown,
► 1942 - Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth
► 1964 - Anti-apartheid activist and ANC leader Nelson
Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage in South
► 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, Louisiana.
► 1987 - "Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev,
tear down this wall." - Ronald Reagan, referring to the
► 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
► 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
► 1898 - Yukon Territory was formed, with Dawson chosen
as its capital.
► 1904 - PS General Slocum fire and sank, East River,
► 1927 - Aviator Charles Lindbergh received his famous
ticker-tape parade down 5th Avenue in New York City.
► 1962 - Stanley Kubrick's controversial Lolita was
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 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 Anaheim, California.
► 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
► 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
► 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 park.
► 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 Union.
► 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
► 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 Brentwood, CA.
► 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
► 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 23-1.
► 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,
► 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
► 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
► 1893 - Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders
of her father and stepmother.
► 1945 - The United States Secretary of State approved
the transfer of Wernher von Braun (and other Nazi rocket scientists)
► 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,
► 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 concerto.
► 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
► 1937 - Joe Louis won the world heavyweight boxing
title when he defeated Jim Braddock.
► 1942 - Pledge of Allegiance was formally adopted by
► 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
► 2001 - 'The Fast and the Furious' was released in
► 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
► 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
► 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 exhaustion.
► 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
► 1948 - Veteran Pilots Clartence Chiles and Charles
Whitted, in Alabama, saw a cigashaped vehicle, with windows,
flying beside them.
► 1949 - The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy,
aired on NBC starring William Boyd.
► 1957 - Jack Parr became the host to the revived Tonight
Show on NBC,
► 1997 - US Air Force officials released a 231-page
report dismissing all of the claims of an alien spacecraft
crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.
► 2004 - In New York, capital punishment is declared
► 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 Bighorn River.
► 1910 - The US Congress passed the Mann Act, which
prohibited interstate transport of females for "immoral
► 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 hours.
► 1978 - The rainbow flag, representing gay pride, was
flown for the first time in the San Francisco Gay Freedom
► 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 States.
► 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
► 1927 - The Cyclone roller coaster opened on Coney
► 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
► 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
► 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 jail.
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 1914 - World War One (orginally 'The Great War') began
with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand,
► 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
► 1859 - Jean-Francois Gravelet, known as Emile Blondin,
became the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on
► 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
► 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
► 1971 - Ohio ratifies the 26th Amendment to the US
Constitution, reducing the voting age to 18, putting the amendment
► 1972 - The first leap second was added to the UTC
► 1987 - Iran-Contra hearings aired during daytime television,
pre-empting most programming.
► 1989 - 'Do The Right Thing' was released in theaters.