1864, Congress voted to put the phrase “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins.
1914Babe Ruth made his professional pitching debut, playing for the Baltimore Orioles. He shut out Providence, 6-0.
1915, New York Yankees uniforms featured pinstripes for the first time.
1954, the televised Senate Army-McCarthy hearings began.
1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson opened the New York World’s Fair, which attracted 50 million visitors over two summers.
1966The Troggs release “Wild Thing.”
1969John Lennon changes his middle name from Winston to Ono.
1970, the first Earth Day was observed.
1978, At the One Love Peace Concert, Bob Marley unites Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley with his political rival Edward Seaga onstage. The show drew more than 30,000 people and benefitted umemployed Jamaicans.
1979Mick Jagger and Keith Richards give a benefit concert for the blind in Toronto to fulfill the terms of Richards’ sentence for a heroin conviction.
1990, pro-Iranian kidnappers in Lebanon freed American hostage Robert Polhill after 39 months in captivity.
1991Johnny Carson announces that he will retire from hosting NBC’s The Tonight Show in one year.
1993, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum opened in Washington, D.C.
1994, Former President Richard Nixon dies at age 81.
1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
2000, in a pre-dawn raid, armed immigration agents seized Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez from his relatives’ home in Miami. Elian was reunited with his father at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington.
2016, Paris Agreement on climate change signed is in New York binding 195 nations to an increase in the global average temperature to less than 2 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees celsius.