1759 – The French were defeated by the British on the Plains of Abraham in the final French and Indian War.
1935 – Aviator Howard Hughes, Jr., of Houston, set a new airspeed record of 352 mph with his H-1 airplane (Winged Bullet).
1959 – The Soviet Union’s Luna 2 became the first space probe to reach the moon. It was launched the day before.
1960 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission banned payola.
1965 – The song “Yesterday/Act Naturally” was released by the Beatles.
1971 – The World Hockey Association was formed.
1977 – The first diesel automobiles were introduced by General Motors. (Image Courteys of autosavant.com)
1997 – Following the death of Princess Diana and written for the occasion, Elton John’s single “Candle in the Wind 1997” was released in the U.K.