Today, in 1676, rebels under Nathaniel Bacon burned down Jamestown, Virginia during Bacon’s Rebellion.
Today, in 1777, during the Revolutionary War, American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga.
Today, in 1796, President Washington’s farewell address was published. In it, the first Chief Executive of the United States advised: “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
Today, in 1849, the first commercial laundry was established in Oakland, California.
Today, in 1881, President James Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey from gunshot wounds inflicted on July 2 by a disgruntled job seeker. Vice President Chester Arthur was sworn in as his successor.
Today, in 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev grew angry when he was told he could not visit Disneyland in Los Angeles due to security concerns. He was allowed to visit a film set and a farm in Iowa.
Today, in 1964, Randy Wicker, Jefferson Poland and eight other members of the League for Sexual Freedom, including six straight people, gathered outside the Army Initiation Center at 39 Whitehall Street in New York City to protest against discrimination and the anti-gay complicity of the armed forces. in witch hunts. Their voices were mostly ignored that day, but we all know they won in the end: the military’s official discrimination against gay and lesbian members ended in 2011. While we’re talking about the center of Whitehall Street integration, here’s some bonus story: The location became so notorious during the Vietnam draft that it found its way into Arlo Guthrie’s classic “Alice’s Restaurant”: “They have a building in New York , it’s called Whitehall Street/Where you walk in, you get injected, inspected, detected, infected/neglected and selected.” The center was such a symbol of military power that it became the target of anti-war bombing in 1968 and 1969. Damage was minimal, but the center moved to Varick Street in 1972.
Today, in 1975, the FBI arrested newspaper heiress Patti Hearst in San Francisco, 19 months after she was kidnapped and “brainwashed” by the Symbionese Liberation Army. She was charged with bank robbery and sentenced to 7 years in prison. She only served two, then was pardoned by President Jimmy Carter.
Today, in 1995, the “New York Times” and the “Washington Post” published the Unabomber manifesto.
Today, in 1996, IBM announced that it would extend health benefits to the partners of its gay and lesbian employees.
Today in 2008, Greg Maddux pitched his 5,000th career inning against the San Francisco Giants.
Now, in 2008, in its effort to avert financial catastrophe, the Bush administration introduced a sweeping bailout calling for the takeover of half a trillion dollars or more in worthless mortgages and d other bad debts held by failing institutions. Relieved investors sent stocks soaring on Wall Street and around the world.
Today, in 2017, we achieved a new MLB record for most homers in a season, no. 5,694 touchdowns by Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals.
Now, in 2017, President Donald Trump addressed the United Nations promising to “totally destroy North Korea” if he threatens the United States.