1870 – US Congress creates Department of Justice.
1918 – Circus train rammed by troop train, kills 68 (Ivanhoe, Illinois)
1932 – Congress approves “Lindbergh Act” making kidnapping a federal offense (amended 1934)
1934 – John Dillinger is informally named America’s first Public Enemy Number One.
1940 – 1st Dairy Queen restaurant opened, in Joliet, Illinois.
1944 – US President Franklin Roosevelt signs “GI Bill of Rights” (Servicemen’s Readjustment Act)
1949 – Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for National Boxing Association world heavyweight title.
1955 – Walt Disney’s animated film “Lady & the Tramp” released.
1959 – Most Phillies strike out in a game (16 by Sandy Koufax)
1961 – MLB Chicago Cubs’ Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive games played streak.
1970 – President Richard Nixon signs extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that requires voting age at 18 in all federal, state, and local elections.
1973 – Skylab 2’s astronauts land.
1981 – John McEnroe’s famous ‘You cannot be serious’ rant in 1st round win over Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon.
1990 – MLB Atlanta Braves replace manager Russ Nixon with GM Bobby Cox.
1994 – Mets reliever John Franco sets lefty save mark at 253.
2009 – Two Metro subway trains collide in Washington, D.C., killing 9 and injuring 80.
2011 – After hiding for 16 years, Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California.
2015 – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds in wake of killings in a Charleston church.
2018 – President Trump spokesperson Sarah Sanders is asked to leave Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia over her support of Trump’s policies, igniting debate.
2020 US government data shows African-Americans four times more likely than whites to be hospitalized for COVID-19 highlighting racial disparities for the pandemic.