1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmier becomes the 1st person to be executed by electric chair.
1914 – Denis Patrick Dowd, Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War I.
1926 – “Don Juan” starring John Barrymore is released by Warner Bros, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects.
1930 – Supreme Court Justice John Force Crater disappears in NYC.
1937 – US and USSR sign trade treaty.
1939 – 1st broadcast of “Dinah Shore Show” on NBC radio.
1945 – Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima by the US B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”
1946 – US officially submits to jurisdiction of World Court.
1949 – Future Hall of Famer Luke Appling appears in a MLB record 2,154th (en route to 2,218) game at shortstop for the Chicago White Sox.
1960 – Chubby Checker performs his version of “The Twist” on “The Dick Clark Show” starting a worldwide dance craze..
1963 – Philadelphia NBA franchise changes name from ‘Nationals’ to the ’76ers’, based on US Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776.
1965 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voting discrimination against minorities.
1972 – Hank Aaron hits 660th and 661st HRs for the Atlanta Braves, breaking Babe Ruth’s MLB record of homers for one team.
1983 – First NFL exhibition game in Europe; Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cardinals 28-10 at London’s Wembley Stadium.
1984 – American athlete Carl Lewis wins long jump (8.54m), his second of 4 gold medals at Los Angeles Olympics.
1989 – “Oh! Calcutta!” revival closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances, Broadway’s longest-running musical revue.
1991 – Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.
2006 – Tiger Woods (30) becomes the youngest player to compile 50 PGA Tour wins with a 3 stroke victory over Jim Furyk in the Buick Open at Grand Blanc, Michigan.
2011 – A helicopter containing members of Navy SEAL 6 is shot down in Afghanistan, killing 38.
2018 – Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify remove conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms.Share: