- 79 – Mount Vesuvius erupts. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae
are buried in volcanic ash (note: this traditional date has been
challenged, and many scholars believe that the event occurred on October
- 1200 – King John of England, signer of the first Magna Carta, marries Isabella of Angoulême in Bordeaux Cathedral.
- 1215 – Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.
- 1349 – Six thousand Jews are killed in Mainz after being blamed for the bubonic plague.
- 1391 – Jews are massacred in Palma de Mallorca.
- 1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.
- 1682 – William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.
- 1814 – British troops invade Washington, D.C. and during the Burning of Washington the White House, the Capitol and many other buildings are set ablaze.
- 1857 – The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in United States history.
- 1891 – Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.
- 1909 – Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.
- 1929 – Second day of two-day Hebron massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Arab attacks on the Jewish community in Hebron in the British Mandate of Palestine, result in the death of 65-68 Jews and the remaining Jews being forced to leave the city.
- 1932 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey).
- 1949 – The treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization goes into effect.
- 1950 – Edith Sampson becomes the first black U.S. delegate to the United Nations.
- 1954 – The Communist Control Act goes into effect, outlawing the American Communist Party.
- 1967 – Led by Abbie Hoffman, the Youth International Party temporarily disrupts trading at the NYSE by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing trading to cease as brokers scramble to grab them.
- 1981 – Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.
- 1989 – Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose is banned from baseball for gambling by Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.
- 1991 – Ukraine declares itself independent from the Soviet Union.
- 1992 – Hurricane Andrew makes landfall just south of Miami as a Category 5 hurricane.
- 1998 – First radio-frequency identification (RFID) human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
- 2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term “planet” such that Pluto is now considered a dwarf planet.
Now for today’s Headlines Du Jour:
NEWS FROM FERGUSON:
IN LGBT NEWS:
LGBT community rallies
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