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Lead Story
Johnson signs Civil Rights Act, 1964

American Revolution
Congress votes for independence, 1776

Chevrolet builds 1 millionth Corvette, 1992

Civil War
Fighting continues at the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

Cold War
Soviet Union rejects Marshall Plan assistance, 1947

President Garfield shot, 1881

Pilgrim stampede kills 1,400, 1990

General Interest
Mutiny on the Amistad slave ship, 1839
Zeppelin demonstrates airship, 1900
Amelia Earhart disappears, 1937

Men in Black premieres, 1997

Stephen Hawking breaks British bestseller records, 1992

"Gonna Fly Now (Theme From 'Rocky')" is the #1 song on the U.S. pop charts, 1977

Old West
Chief Tecumseh urges Indians to unite against whites, 1809

President Garfield is shot, 1881

Helen Wills Moody wins final Wimbledon, 1938

Vietnam War
Republican Congressional leaders attack Johnson's policy, 1964

World War I
Greece declares war on Central Powers, 1917

World War II
American bombers deluge Budapest, in more ways than one, 1944


1798 - Angelina Eberly was born. She prevented the removal of documents from the capital by firing a cannon in 1842. The event became known as the Archive War.

1863 - Colonel John Bell Hood led his Texas Brigade in an assault at Devils Den and Little Round Top. (Battle of Gettysburg)

1948 - Ralphael O'Hara Lanier became the first president of the Texas State University for Negroes (now Texas Southern University).

1982 - Convicted bank robber Lawrence Chalmus Pope was paroled from the federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma. During and after his imprisonment he worked on reform activities relating to the conditions of confinement in Texas prisons.

1987 - Near Sierra Blanca, TX, 18 illegal immigrants were found dead inside a locked boxcar. Authorities called the incident a botched smuggling attempt.