1895 – America’s 1st auto race organized by the “Chicago Times-Herald” – Chicago to Evanston and back; 6 cars, 55 miles, Frank Duryea wins averaging 7 MPH.
1907 – In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater.
1914 – World War I: Following a war-induced closure in July, the New York Stock Exchange re-opens for bond trading.
1922 – Captain Cyril Turner (RAF) gives 1st skywriting exhibition (NYC) Turner spells out “Hello USA, Call Vanderbilt 7200.” 47,000 called.
1925 – Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville, Tennessee.
1932 – Groucho Marx performs on radio for the first time.
1933 – A Dallas grand jury delivers a murder indictment against Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow for the January 1933 killing of Tarrant County Deputy Malcom Davis.
1942 – 492 die in a fire that destroyed Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston.
1948 – “Hopalong Cassidy” premieres on TV.
1957 – “Look Homeward, Angel” play based on the book by Thomas Wolfe adapted by Ketti Frings and starring Anthony Perkins premiers in NYC.
1957 – Warren Spahn of the Braves wins Cy Young Award.
1963 – The Beatles “She Loves You” unusually, returns to #1 in UK record chart and reaches 1 million copies sold.
1974 – John Lennon’s last concert appearance (Elton John concert in Madison Square Garden, NYC)
1975 – “As the World Turns” and “The Edge of Night”, the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcast, air their last live episodes.
1981 – Bear Bryant wins his 315th game to out distance Almos Alonzo Stagg, becomes college football’s winningest coach.
1989 – Rickey Henderson signs record $3,000,000 per year Oakland A’s contract.
1995 – James Brady, former White House Press Secretary, suffers a heart attack.
1999 – In an all-American final, Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 to win his 5th and final ATP Tour World Championship tennis title in Hanover, Germany.
2010 – 24th Soul Train Music Awards: Ron Isley, Anita Baker win.
2016 – “Hamilton” sets new record for most money earned in a week on Broadway – $3.3 million.Share: