1509 – King Henry VIII married his first of six wives, Catherine of Aragon. (and we all know how that turned out)
1770 – Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia when he ran aground. (I guess that’s way to do it)
1776 – In America, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence from Britain.
1895 – Charles E. Duryea received the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile.
1947 – The U.S. government announced an end to sugar rationing.
1950 – Ben Hogan returned to tournament play after a near fatal car accident. He won the U.S. Open.
1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.
1982 – Steven Spielberg’s movie “E.T.” opened. (Image: quotesgram.com)
1987 – Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office.
1993 – Steven Spielberg’s movie “Jurassic Park” opened.
1998 – Amazon.com expanded its product line from books only to compact discs as well.
2002 – The television series “American Idol” debuted. The show featured judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.