1836 Texas Revolution: A day after the
Battle of San Jacinto, forces under Texas General Sam
Houston capture Mexican General Antonio Lσpez de Santa Anna.
1864 The U.S. Congress passes the
Coinage Act of 1864 that mandates that the inscription In
God We Trust be placed on all coins minted as United States
1876 The first ever National League
baseball game is played in Philadelphia.
1889 At high noon, thousands rush to
claim land in the Land Run of 1889. Within hours the cities
of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed with populations of
at least 10,000.
1898 Spanish-American War: The USS
Nashville captures a Spanish merchant ship.
1930 The United Kingdom, Japan and the
United States sign the London Naval Treaty regulating
submarine warfare and limiting shipbuilding.
1944 The 1st Air Commando Group using
Sikorsky R-4 helicopters stage the first use of helicopters
in combat with CSAR operations in the China-Burma-India
1944 World War II: Operation
Persecution is initiated Allied forces land in the
Hollandia (currently known as Jayapura) area of New Guinea.
1954 Red Scare: Witnesses begin
testifying and live television coverage of the Army-McCarthy
1964 The 1964-1965 New York World's
Fair opens for its first season.
1969 British yachtsman Sir Robin
Knox-Johnston wins the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race and
completes the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the
1970 The first Earth Day is celebrated.
1972 Vietnam War: Increased American
bombing in Vietnam prompts anti-war protests in Los Angeles,
New York City, and San Francisco.
1977 Optical fiber is first used to
carry live telephone traffic.
1993 Version 1.0 of the Mosaic web
browser is released.
1998 Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at
Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida.
2000 In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents
seize six-year-old Eliαn Gonzαlez from his relatives' home
in Miami, Florida.
2008 The United States Air Force
retires the remaining F-117 Nighthawk aircraft in service.