1858, For the first time, admission was charged for a baseball game. People at the Fashion Park Race Course outside New York City paid 50 cents to watch the first of three games between all-star players from Brooklyn and New York, which New York won 22-18. The players weren’t paid.
1938 Actress Natalie Wood (Miracle On 34th StreetRebel Without A CauseWest Side StoryBob & Carol & Ted & Alice) is born. She dies in 1981.
1940, The first “Music Popularity Chart” was published in Billboard magazine. The first Number One single was “I’ll Never Smile Again” by Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra.
1944President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic convention in Chicago.
1963, “Surf City” by Jan & Dean hits Number One on the pop chart.
1964Chris Cornell (singer, Soundgarden, formerly of Audioslave) is born. He dies in 2017.
1965, “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan is released.
1969 Apollo Eleven astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon, after their lunar module lands at the Sea Of Tranquility. Armstrong steps onto the moon’s surface at 10:56 a.m. ET and says, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
1973, Actor and martial arts expert Bruce Lee died at age 32.
1976, America’s Viking One robot spacecraft made the first-ever successful landing on Mars.
1984Vanessa Williams, Miss America 1984, was asked by pageant officials to resign because of nude photographs of her that appeared in Penthouse magazine. Williams relinquished her title three days later.
1992, Round World Air Race begins in Paris.
1994 O.J. Simpson offers $500,000 as a reward for information leading to the capture of his wife Nicole‘s “real killer.”
2005 Actor James Doohan (Star Trek‘s Mr. Scott) dies at age 85.
2015, Hacker group The Impact Team announce they have hacked married dating site Ashley Madison.