► 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
► 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
► 1980 - The Cable News Network (CNN) began broadcasting
► 1991- The Comedy Network became Comedy Central
► 1994 - FX Network made 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
► 1835 - P. T. Barnum and his circus began touring
the United States.
► 1865 - Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith,
a commander of Confederate forces, signed the surrender
terms offered by Union negotiators, ending the US civil
► 1953 - The coronation of the United Kingdom's
Queen Elizabeth II.
► 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
► 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 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
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 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 Writer."
► 1968 - Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed
at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, by Sirhan Sirhan,
► 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
► 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 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
► 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
► 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
► 1692 (Earthquake) Port Royal, Jamaica, over
1,000 people were killed.
► 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
► 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
► 632 - Muhammad, the Islamic prophet, died in
► 1783 (Volcano Eruption) Laki, Iceland, killed
over 9,000 over a period of months, and caused a 7 year
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 1984 (Tornado) Belyanitsky, Ivanovo, and Balino,
► 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.
► 1854 - The first class of United States Naval
Academy students graduated.
► 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
► 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
► 1837 - The Broad Street Riot occurred in Boston,
fueled by ethnic tensions between Yankees and Irish.
► 1949 - Hank Williams, Sr. debuted at the Grand
► 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 with cancer.
► 1982 - E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was released
► 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 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 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, Louisiana.
► 1987 - "Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate.
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." - Ronald Reagan,
referring to the Berlin Wall.
► 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 city.
► 1898 - Yukon Territory was formed, with Dawson
chosen as its capital.
► 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
► 1962 - Stanley Kubrick's controversial Lolita
► 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
► 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 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
► 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
► 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 hydrogen bomb.
► 2002 - 'The Bourne Identity' was released in
► 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
► 1752 - Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning
is electricity (traditional date, the exact date is
► 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
► 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,
► 1991 (Volcano Eruption) Mount Pinatubo
► 1994 - Israel and Vatican City established full
► 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
► 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
► 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,
► 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,
► 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 Chicago.
► 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,
► 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.
► 1905 - The first nickelodeon theater opened
in Pittsburgh, PA.
► 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
► 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
► 1214 - The University of Oxford received its
► 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
► 1840 - Samuel Morse received the patent (#1647)
for the telegraph.
► 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) 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,
► 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 of Justice.
► 1937 - Joe Louis won the world heavyweight boxing
title when he defeated Jim Braddock.
► 1942 - Pledge of Allegiance was formally adopted
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 1914 - The Greal Salem Fire, Massachusettes
► 1944 - The final page of the comic strip Krazy
Kat was published, months after the author, George Herriman
► 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 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 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 was released.
► 1927 - The Cyclone roller coaster opened on
► 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 jail.
► 1949 - The first sci-fi TV show, Captain Video
and His Video Rangers debuted. 1966 - ABC's dark shadows
► 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
► 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
► 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
► 2007 - Burn Notice premiered on USA
► 1613 - The Globe Theatre in London burned to
► 1956 - The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 was
signed, officially creating the United States Interstate
► 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
► 1995 - STS-71 Mission; Atlantis Space Shuttle
docked with the Russian space station Mir for the first
► 1998 - The Lifetime Movie Network made its debut.
► 2007 - Apple released its first mobile phone,
► 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
► 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)
► 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