1812 – The first pawnbroking ordinance was passed in New York City.
1832 – Henry Schoolcraft discovered the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota.
1836 – John Ruggles received patent #1 from the U.S. Patent Office for a traction wheel used in locomotive steam engines. All 9,957 previous patents were unnumbered.
1875 – David Brown patented the first cash-carrier system.
1896 – Philadelphia’s Ed Delahanty became the second major league player to hit four home runs in a single game.
1939 – Frank Sinatra made his recording debut with the Harry James band with the songs “Melancholy Mood” and “From the Bottom of My Heart”.
1956 – Elvis Presley’s single “Don’t Be Cruel”/“Hound Dog” was released.
1978 – Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.
1982 – The All-Star Game was played outside the United States for the first time. They played in Montreal, Canada.
1984 – In Arkansas, Terry Wallis was injured in a car accident and was left comatose. He came out of the coma in June of 2003.
1985 – George Michael sang lead vocals to Elton John’s performance of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” at the Live Aid Concert. Andrew Ridgeley was also on stage and performed background vocals.
1998 – “Image of an Assassination” went on sale. The video documentary is of Abraham Zapruder’s home video of U.S. President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. (washingtonpost.com)