1509 – King Henry VIII married his first of six wives, Catherine of Aragon.
1770 – Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia when he ran aground.
1895 – Charles E. Duryea received the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile.
1919 – Sir Barton became the first horse to capture the Triple Crown when he won the Belmont Stakes in New York City
1930 – William Beebe dove to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the coast of Bermuda. He used a diving chamber called a bathysphere.
1950 – Ben Hogan returned to tournament play after a near fatal car accident. He won the U.S. Open.
1972 – Hank Aaron tied the National League record for 14 grand-slam home runs in a career.
1981 – The first major league baseball player’s strike began. It would last for two months.
1982 – Steven Spielberg’s movie ‘E.T.’ opened. (Image: quotesgram)
1987 – Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office.
1990 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that would prohibit the desecration of the American Flag.
1990 – Olivia Newton-John became a United Nations environmental ambassador.
1993 – Steven Spielberg’s movie ‘Jurassic Park’ opened.
2002 – The television series “American Idol” debuted. The show featured judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.