1865 – In market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true “western showdown.”
1904 – Camille Jenatzy sets world auto speed record at 65.79 MPH.
1919 – Dirigible crashes through bank skylight killing 13 in Chicago, Illinois.
1930 – US Veterans Administration forms.
1943 – “Storm Weather”, directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horn and Fats Waller singing “Ain’t Misbehaving” premieres in the US.
1944 – US forces land on Guam during its recapture from the Japanese (Operation Forager)
1955 – USS Seawolf launched, 1st submarine powered by liquid metal cooled nuclear weather.
1957 – 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson)
1961 – Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Grissom.
1968 – PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Pecan Valley GC: Julius Boros (48) becomes oldest winner of a major, wins by 1 from Bob Charles & Arnold Palmer.
1969 – Apollo II: Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step on the Moon at 2:56.15 AM (GMT)
1973 – Braves Hank Aaron hits Philadelphia Phillies Ken Britt’s fastball for his 700th HR, in Atlanta.
1983 – US announces Lebanon freed American hostage David Dodge.
1986 – Pleasure Island plans unveiled.
1991 – Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Rod Carew, Tony Lazzeri, & Bill Veeck are elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
2007 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the series by J.K. Rowling is published worldwide, 11 million copies sell in 24 hours.
2011 – NASA’s Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135.
2017 – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns after opposing appointment of Anthony Scaremucci.
2019 – British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Playing in torential rain, Irishman Shane Lowry wins his first major title by 6 strokes from Tommy Fleetwood of England.