1776 – 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain’s North American colonies.
1862 – US Internal Revenue Law imposes 1st federal tax on inheritance, tobacco and on incomes over $600 (progressive rate)
1870 – James W. Smith of South Carolina is one of 1st African Americans to attend West Point.
1899 – Gideon Society established to place bibles in hotels.
1908 – “SOS” (…—…) distress signal becomes the worldwide standard for help.
1916 – Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market.
1929 – US Immigration law of 1924 goes into effect.
1931 – US President Herbert Hoover places a one year moratorium on war debt payments.
1941 – Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial.
1943 – “Pay-as-you-go” — 1st withholding tax from paychecks.
1952 – The first NASCAR Grand National event is run outside the US with Buddy Shuman winning the 200-lap race at Stamford Park, Ontario, Canada.
1960 – Fidel Castro nationalized Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba.
1963 – ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) Codes are introduced for United States mail.
1966 – Medicare goes into effect.
1978 – Former US President Richard Nixon makes 1st public speech since resigning in 1974.
1990 – US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Ridgewood CC: Lee Trevino wins by 2 strokes from Jack Nicklaus for his first Champions Tour major title.
1991 – “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” directed by James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong premieres at Century City, California.
1997 – Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson indefinitely & withholds $20m purse for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during their heavyweight title fight 28 June.
2005 – Texas Ranger pitcher Kenny Rogers is suspended for 20 games and fined $50k for shoving a cameraman – sentence later overturned.
2015 – US and Cuba announce agreement to re-open embassies and establish full diplomatic ties.
2018 – Nationwide protests over Trump administration immigration policies in the US.
2018 – NBA super star LeBron James agrees to a 4-year $154m deal with the LA Lakers, moving from Cleveland Cavaliers.Share: