1775 The United States Army is founded by the Continental Congress.
1777 The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopts the “Stars and Stripes” as the national flag of the United States
1864 Congress rules Black soldiers must receive equal pay.
1865 Author and poet William Butler Yeats is born.
1892 Actor Basil Rathbone, best known for playing the lead in a series of Sherlock Holmes films, is born.
1920 The U.S. Post Office Department rules that children may not be mailed by parcel post.
1943 The U.S. Supreme Court rules schoolchildren can not be compelled to salute the flag if doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs.
1953 Elvis Presley graduates from L.C. Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee.
1954 President Eisenhower signs an order adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.
1965 John Lennon‘s second book, A Spaniard In The Works, is published.
1967 The fifth James Bond film starring Sean Connery, You Only Live Twice, is released.
1970 Derek & the Dominos make their live debut in Britain. The band is joined by Traffic guitarist Dave Mason, who plays the parts recorded by Duane Allman on the studio version of “Layla.”
1971 The first Hard Rock Cafe opens in London.
1972 The TV show The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father airs for the last time.
1975 “Sister Golden Hair” by America hits Number One on the pop chart, the same day that Hearts peaks at Number Four on the album chart.
1975 Peter Frampton performs at Winterland in San Francisco. It’s one of the shows recorded for the Frampton Comes Alive! album.
1976 The Gong Show premieres.
1979 Little Feat breaks up, two weeks before leader Lowell George dies of a heart attack.
1979 The No Nukes benefit concert starring Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Stephen Stills and others takes place at the Hollywood Bowl. Recordings of the event are later released as a triple album and a feature film.
1980 Glass Houses by Billy Joel hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for six weeks.
1981 Tom Snyder interviews Charles Manson on Tomorrow.
1982 Professional wrestler “High Chief” Peter Maivia, the grandfather of actor and WWE superstar the Rock, dies.
1983 Synchronicity by the Police is released.
1985 The movie Prizzi’s Honor, starring Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner, opens.
1987 The TV show The A-Team airs for the last time.
1989 Jerry Lee Lewis receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1989 Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was arrested for slapping a Beverly Hills motorcycle patrolman.
1990 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds, by a 6-3 vote, police checkpoints that examine drivers for signs of intoxication.
1991 For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge by Van Halen is released.
1993 Pepsi pulled its Ray Charles Diet Pepsi TV ads following a spate of tampering reports involving needles and syringes found in cans of the soft drink.
1994 The New York Rangers won hockey’s Stanley Cup for the first time in 54 years as they defeated the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden.
1996 Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Vince Welnick play with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. It’s the quartet’s first public performance since the death of Jerry Garcia.
1997 A copy of Detective Comics Number 27, the 1939 comic book featuring the first appearance by Batman, is auctioned off for $68,500 at Sotheby’s in New York.
1998 Michael Jordan saved one of his best moments for his biggest stage — the Chicago Bulls victory that clinched the NBA championship was the highest-rated pro basketball game ever broadcast. NBC estimated that 72 million people watched all or part of it. Jordan carried the Bulls to an 87-86 victory with two baskets and a steal in the final 40 seconds. The Bulls-Jazz series was the highest-rated NBA Finals series ever.
1999 About 15,000 NATO peacekeepers spread out across Kosovo, including a convoy of about 1,200 U.S. Marines.