1786 – Morocco agreed to stop attacking American ships in the Mediterranean for a payment of $10,000.
1804 – The United States’ first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton (subject of the musical “Hamilton”), was killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel.
1914 – Babe Ruth debuted in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox.
1946 – Dean Martin recorded his first four songs.
1962 – The first transatlantic TV transmission was sent through the Telstar I satellite.
1967 – Kenny Rogers formed The First Edition. Rogers had left the New Christy Minstrels.
1977 – The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a White House ceremony.
1979 – The abandoned U.S. space station Skylab returned to Earth after 34, 981 Earth orbits after its launch May 24th, 1973. It burned up in the atmosphere and showered debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia. (Image: History UK)
1985 – Dr. H. Harlan Stone announced that he had used zippers for stitches on 28 patients. The zippers were used when he thought he may have to re-operate.
1985 – Nolan Ryan (of the Houston Astros) became the first major league pitcher to earn 4,000 strikeouts in a career.
1995 – Full diplomatic relations were established between the United States and Vietnam.
2008 – Apple released the iPhone 3G.
(Source: On This Day)