1630 – The fork was introduced to American dining by Governor Winthrop.
1638 – A lunar eclipse was the first astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies.
1848 – A photograph of the June Days uprising became the first known instance of photojournalism.
1867 – Barbed wire was patented by Lucien B. Smith of Ohio.
1868 – Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were readmitted to the US.
1876 – Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.
1906 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania millionaire Harry Thaw shot and killed prominent architect Stanford White.
1910 – The United States Congress passed the Mann Act, which prohibited interstate transport of women or girls for “immoral purposes”; the ambiguous language was used to selectively prosecute people for years.
1913 – American Civil War veterans began arriving at the Great Reunion of 1913.
1929 – US President Herbert Hoover authorized the building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam).
1938 – “A Tisket A Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hit #1.
1942 – Major General Dwight Eisenhower was appointed commander of US forces in Europe.
1943 – The Holocaust: Jews in the Częstochowa Ghetto in Poland staged an uprising against the Nazis.
1943 – The left-wing German Jewish exile Arthur Goldstein was murdered in Auschwitz.
1944 – The final page of the comic Krazy Kat was published, exactly two months after its author George Herriman died.
1947 – The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) was published.
1949 – Long-Haired Hare was released in theaters starring Bugs Bunny.
1950 – The Korean War began with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.
1951 – First color TV broadcast, CBS’ Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities.
1960 – Cold War: Two cryptographers working for the United States National Security Agency left for vacation to Mexico, and from there defected to the Soviet Union.
1966 – Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” single went to #1 and stayed there for 2 weeks.
1967 – First global satellite television programme “Our World” was broadcast featuring 19 acts representing 19 nations including The Beatles singing “All You Need is Love”.
1975 – Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe” was released.
1977 – Roy C. Sullivan of Virginia was struck by lightning for 7th time!
1982 – Science-fiction film “Blade Runner”, directed by Ridley Scott, starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, was released.
1984 – Prince released his “Purple Rain” album.
1988 – Roger Rabbit Cartoon Character debuted in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
1996 – “Independence Day” directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum premiered in Westwood, California.
1997 – An unmanned Progress spacecraft collided with the Russian space station Mir.
1997 – Christies auctioned off Princess Diana’s clothing for $5.5 million.
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