1783 – The Revolutionary War between the U.S. and Great Britain ended with the Treaty of Paris.
1935 – Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour with a speed of 304.331 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
1939 – British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, in a radio broadcast, announced that Britain and France had declared war on Germany. Germany had invaded Poland, September 1st.
1942 – Frank Sinatra started his solo singing career.
1954 – “The Lone Ranger” was heard on radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years.
1966 – The television series “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” ended after 14 years.
1967 – The TV game show “What’s My Line?” broadcast its final episode. The show aired over 17 years on CBS.
1967 – In Sweden, motorists stopped driving on the left side of the road and began driving on the right side.
1970 – Rolling Stone reported that the Dave Clark Five had broken up.
1976 – The U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars. The unmanned spacecraft took the first close-up, colour photos of the planet’s surface. (Image: Wired)
1999 – Mario Lemieux’s ownership group officially took over the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux became the first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he had once played for.
2013 – Hunters in Mississippi caught a 727-pound alligator.