1789 – Mrs. Alexander Hamilton serves ice cream for dessert to Washington.
1865 – President Andrew Johnson proclaims reconstruction of confederate states.
1888 – US Congress creates Department of Labor.
1910 – Pilot Charles Hamilton makes 1st 1-day round-trip from NY to Philadelphia.
1920 – Post Office says children could not be sent by parcel post.
1922 – Longest attack of hiccups begins: Charlie Osborne gets the hiccups and continues for 68 year, dies 11 months after it stops.
1925 – Charles Jenkins demonstrates the transmission of synchronized pictures and sound (early television)
1930 – 1st Nudist Colony opens.
1942 – The United States opens its Office of War Information.
1948 – Babe Ruth’s final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he dies August 16th.
1953 – 53rd US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 283 at Oakmont CC in Oakmont, PA.
1959 – “Sammy Kaye Show” last airs on ABC-TV.
1962 – “Bob Newhart Show” last airs on NBC-TV.
1967 – Thurgood Marshall nominated as 1st black Supreme Court justice.
1971 – The New York Times begin publishing excerpts from the Pentagon Papers, classified documents on the long history of the U.S. in Vietnam.
1980 – Rep. John Jenrette, Jr. (D-SC) indicted in “Abscam” investigation.
1989 – Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1994 – Chicago Cub 2nd baseman Ryan Sandberg, retires due to poor play, he forfeits $15.7 million of his $25 million contract.
2005 – A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.
2012 – San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain pitches first perfect game in the franchise’s history against the Houston Astros.