585 BC – The first known prediction of a solar eclipse was made in Greece.
1844 – The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry.
1925 – John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory in school.
1927 – Ford Motor Company announced that the Model A would replace the Model T.
1927 – The “Movietone News” was shown for the first time at the Sam Harris Theatre in New York City.
1935 – Babe Ruth hit his final home run, his 714th, and set a record that would stand for 39 years.
1935 – Jesse Owens tied the world record for the 100-yard dash. He ran it in 9.4 seconds. He also broke three other world track records.
1961 – America was asked by U.S. President Kennedy to work toward putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade. (Image: nasa.gov)
1969 – “Midnight Cowboy” with Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight opened in New York.
1977 – “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” opened and became the largest grossing film to that date.
1983 – “The Return of the Jedi” opened nationwide. It set a new record in opening day box office sales. The gross was $6,219,629.
1989 – The Calgary Flames won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens.
1992 – Jay Leno debuted as the new permanent host of NBC’s “Tonight Show”.
2001 – Erik Weihenmayer, 32, of Golden, Colorado, became the first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest and Sherman Bull, 64, of New Canaan, Connecticut, became the oldest climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.