1776 Thomas Jefferson‘s draft of the Declaration Of Independence is presented to Congress for consideration.
1778 The Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington, defeats the British at Monmouth, New Jersey.
1838 Britain’s Queen Victoria was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1914 Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian-Hungarian empire, and his wife, Sofia, were assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serb nationalist. The event triggered World War One.
1917 The Raggedy Ann doll is invented.
1919 The Treaty of Versailles, with its punitive terms against Germany, was signed in France, officially ending World War One.
1946 Actress-comedian Gilda Radner is born. She dies in 1989.
1948 Actress Jane Wyman divorced future U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
1951 A TV version of the radio program Amos ‘N’ Andy began a two-year run on CBS. Although criticized for racial stereotyping, this network TV series featured an all-black cast. Two years later, a protest by the NAACP forced CBS to drop the show.
1969 “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.
1971 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled public funds could not be used for parochial schools.
1971 The Supreme Court, by a vote of 8-0, overturned the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali, four years after he was convicted and stripped of his title.
1975 The TV show Kung Fu airs its last new episode.
1975 Twilight Zone host Rod Serling dies at age 50.
1975 “Fame” by David Bowie is released. Bowie co-wrote the song with John Lennon and guitarist Carlos Alomar.
1976 The U.S. Air Force Academy went co-ed, admitting its first woman.
1978 The Supreme Court orders the medical school at the University Of California At Davis to admit Allan Bakke, a white man who argued his admission had been rejected due to reverse discrimination.
1980 “Coming Up” by Paul McCartney hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
1986 The Other Side Of Life by the Moody Blues peaks at Number Nine on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
1990 Jurors in the drug and perjury trial of Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry watch a videotape of Barry smoking crack cocaine during an FBI hotel-room sting operation.
1996 The Citadel voted to admit women, ending a 153-year-old policy at the South Carolina military school.
1996 The movie The Nutty Professor, starring Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett, James Coburn, Larry Miller, and Dave Chappelle, opens.
1997 In a wild rematch, Evander Holyfield retained the WBA heavyweight boxing championship after his opponent, Mike Tyson, was disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ear during the third round of their fight in Las Vegas.
2000 Seven months after he was rescued at sea, Elian Gonzalez returned to his native Cuba with his father.
2000 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts can ban gays from their organization.