1588 – The English defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines.
1754 – The first international boxing match was held. The 25-minute match was won when Jack Slack of Britain knocked out Jean Petit from Franc
1874 – Major Walter Copton Winfield of England received U.S. patent for the lawn-tennis court.
1914 – The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people held a conversation between New York, NY and San Francisco, CA
1950 – Disney’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” was released.
1957 – The International Atomic Energy Agency was established.
1958 – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by the U.S. Congress
1968 – Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s stance against artificial methods of birth control.
1975 – OAS (Organization of American States) members voted to lift collective sanctions against Cuba. The US government welcomed the action and announced its intention to open serious discussions with Cuba on normalization.
1981 – England’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married.
1985 – General Motors announced that Spring Hill, TN, would be the home of the Saturn automobile assembly plant.
1993 – The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of being Nazi death camp guard “Ivan the Terrible.” His death sentence was thrown out and he was set free.
1997 – Minamata Bay in Japan was declared free of mercury 40 years after contaminated food fish were blamed for deaths and birth defects.
1998 – The United Auto Workers union ended a 54-day strike against General Motors. The strike caused $2.8 billion in lost revenues.
2005 – Astronomers announced that they had discovered a new planet (Xena) larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun