1775 – American Revolutionary War: The
war begins with an American victory in Concord during the
battles of Lexington and Concord.
1782 – John Adams secures the Dutch
Republic's recognition of the United States as an
independent government. The house which he had purchased in
The Hague, Netherlands becomes the first American embassy.
1861 – American Civil War: Baltimore riot
of 1861: a pro-Secession mob in Baltimore, Maryland, attacks
United States Army troops marching through the city.
1892 – Charles Duryea claims to have
driven the first automobile in the United States, in
1919 – Leslie Irvin of the United States
makes the first successful voluntary free-fall parachute
jump using a new kind of self-contained parachute.
1927 – Mae West is sentenced to 10 days
in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.
1951 –General Douglas MacArthur retires
from the military.
1956 – Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince
Rainier of Monaco.
1971 –Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans
Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in
1971 –Charles Manson is sentenced to
death (later commuted life imprisonment) for conspiracy to
commit the Tate/LaBianca murders.
1985 – FBI siege on the compound of The
Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSAL) in
1987 – The Simpsons premieres as a short
cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show.
1989 – A gun turret explodes on the USS
Iowa, killing 47 sailors.
1993 – The 51-day siege of the Branch
Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire
breaks out. Eighty-one people die.
1993 – South Dakota governor George
Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned
aircraft crashes in Iowa.
1995 – Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred
P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA,
is bombed, killing 168.
1997 – The Red River Flood of
1997overwhelms the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Fire
breaks out and spreads in downtown Grand Forks, but high
water levels hamper efforts to reach the fire, leading to
the destruction of 11 buildings.
2013 – Boston Marathon bombings suspect
Tamerlan Tsarnaev killed in a shootout with police. His
brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is captured while hiding in a boat
inside a backyard in Watertown, Massachusetts.