1820 – Tomato is proven to be non-poisonous by Colonel Robert Gibbon eating a tomato on steps of courthouse in Salem, New Jersey.
1870 – U.S. Congress creates federal holidays (New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day), initially applicable only to federal employees.
1894 – Labor Day established as a holiday for US federal employees.
1902 – US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million.
1935 – FDR orders a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
1940 – “Quiz Kids” premieres on radio.
1951 – “Amos ‘n’ Andy” premieres on CBS TV.
1956 – 1st atomic reactor built for private research (Chicago, Illinois)
1965 – 1st US ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1968 – Daniel Ellsberg indicted for leaking Pentagon Papers.
1975 – Golfer Lee Trevino is struck by lightning at Western Open.
1976 – 1st woman was admitted to Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1977 – Supreme Court allows Federal control of Nixon tapes/papers.
1979 – OPEC raises oil prices 24%.
1993 – Carlton Fisk, 45, released by White Sox, as all-time leader of most games caught and most HRs by a catcher.
1996 – “Nutty Professor” starring Eddie Murphy opens in theaters in the USA.
2005 – A final design for Manhattan’s Freedom Tower is formally unveiled.
2017 – Wilshire Grand Center becomes the tallest building in Los Angeles and in the US west of the Mississippi at 1,100 ft.
2017 – “Spider-man: Homecoming” directed by Jon Watts starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey, Jr. premieres in Los Angeles.Share: