1733 – The first Freemasons lodge opened in what would later become the United States.
1932 – Walt Disney’s “Flowers and Trees” premiered. It was the first Academy Award winning cartoon and first cartoon short to use Technicolor.
1945 – The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack.
1956 – The phrase “In God We Trust” was adopted as the U.S. national motto.
1974 – The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Nixon for blocking the Watergate investigation and for abuse of power.
1987 – Indian troops arrived in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, to disarm the Tamil Tigers and enforce a peace pact.
1990 – In Spring Hill, TN, the first Saturn automobile rolled off the assembly line.
2000 – Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were married. 2001 – Lance Armstrong became the first American to win three consecutive Tours de France.<!ap>
2003 – In Mexico, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagon Beetle rolled off an assembly line.<!a>