1882 – US Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration.
1900 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founded.
1909 – MLB umpire Tom Hurst instigates a riot by spitting in the face of A’s 2nd baseman Eddie Collins who had questioned a call; 2 weeks later Hurst was banned for life.
1921 – 1st aerial crop dusting in Troy, Ohio, to kill caterpillars.
1932 – Official automatic timing & photo-finish camera for track events is used for the 1st time at Los Angeles Olympics, instrumental in changing 110m hurdles final, review gives Donald Finley bronze ahead of American Jack Keller.
1941 – Gas (petroleum) sales limited in US.
1948 – Negro League veteran pitcher Satchel Paige, age 42, debuts in Cleveland after controversial signing, goes 7 innings in a 5-3 win vs Washington.
1952 – XV Summer Olympic Games close in Helsinki, Finland.
1955 – Hurricane Connie begins pounding US for 11 days.
1960 – Lee Petty and his sons, Richard & Maurice race against each other for the first and only time at Dixie Speedway in Birmingham, Alabama: Richard 2nd, Lee 3rd.
1963 – Allan Sherman releases “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh”
1967 – 45,000 US soldiers sent to Vietnam.
1972 – US Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet Union to limit the use of missile systems capable of defending against missile-delivered nuclear weapons.
1979 – Sam Snead, at 67 years, 2 months and 7 days sets the record for the oldest player to make the cut in a major – PGA Championship at Oakland Hills CC.
1981 – 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers ultimatum to workers: ‘If they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated.
1992 – “Unforgiven” directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1993)
2003 – British Open Women’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Annika Sorenstam of Sweden wins by 1 stroke from Se Ri Pak; completes career grand slam for Sorenstam.
2004 – The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
2012 – American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins the 100m butterfly in London to take his all-time Olympic gold medal tally to a record 17.
2017 – Camila Cabello releases her single “Havana” (biggest song worldwide 2019, 19 million copies sold)
2020 – Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in the US as a Category 1 hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.