1825 Walter Hunt invents the safety pin.
1948 A dying Babe Ruth made his last appearance at Yankee Stadium, on the 25th anniversary of opening of “The House That Ruth Built,” to see his uniform number 3 retired and to acknowledge his fans. Ruth died just over two months later, on August 16th, and his body lay in state at Yankee Stadium.
1966 The U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark “Miranda v. Arizona” decision, ruling that criminal suspects have to be informed of their constitutional “Miranda” rights prior to questioning by police. That’s why suspects are told: “You have the right to remain silent,” etc.
1967 The James Bond film You Only Live Twice, starring Sean Connery, opens.
1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1970 “The Long And Winding Road” b/w “For You Blue” by the Beatles hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks. That same day, Let It Be hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
1970 “Get Ready” by Rare Earth, a cover of the Temptations song, peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
1970 American Woman by the Guess Who peaks at Number Nine on the album chart.
1971 The New York Times began publishing “The Pentagon Papers,” a secret study of America’s involvement in Vietnam.
1977 James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was recaptured following his escape three days earlier from a Tennessee prison.
1980 The movie Roadie, starring Meat Loaf and featuring Debbie Harry, Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Styx, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others, opens.
1981 “The Waiting” by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers peaks at Number 19 on the pop chart.
1981 Fair Warning by Van Halen peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
1986 The movie Back To School, starring Rodney Dangerfield, opens.
1992 Police in Texas call for a ban of the song “Cop Killer” by Body Count.
1994 A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blamed recklessness by Exxon Corp. and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the nation’s worst oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages.
1997 Gulf War veteran Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing, in which 168 people were killed. McVeigh was executed on June 11th, 2001.
1997 Just days after celebrating their NHL Stanley Cup championship, Detroit Red Wings star defensemen Vladimir Konstantinov and Viacheslav Fetisov were severely injured after the limo they were in hit a tree outside Detroit.
2000 Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach makes his Broadway debut in the lead role in Jekyll And Hyde at the Plymouth Theater in New York City.
2000 Italy pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who’d tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.
2005 Michael Jackson was found not guilty on all 10 counts in his California child molestation trial.
2006 The surviving members of the Beach Boys — co-founders Brian Wilson, Mike Love, David Marks, and Al Jardine, and longtime member Bruce Johnston — appear together on the rooftop of the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles to receive double platinum awards for their compilation Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys. It marks the first time Wilson, Love, Jardine, and Johnston appear in public together in nearly a decade.