Today in 1787, the United States passed the law providing a senator must be at least 30-years old.
Today in 1899, the New Richmond Tornado west-central Wisconsin: the eighth deadliest tornado in U.S. history killing 117-people and injured more than 100 more.
Today in 1917, the Secret Service began extending protection of president to his family.
Today in 1935, Louisiana Senator Huey Long launched a one-man filibuster – speaking continuously for 15½ hours in what was then, the Senate's longest speech to date. His topic? A modification of the National Recovery Act (he maintained it was a giveaway to big business).
Today in 1939, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York. The first inductees were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Walter Johnson.
Today in 1942, it’s believed that Anne Frank received her diary as a birthday present.
Today in 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi. His murder and the resulting trials inspired civil rights protests; his life and these events inspired numerous works of art, music, and film. As a veteran, Evers was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens' Council, all-white juries failed to reach verdicts in the first two trials in the 1960s. Fast forward to 1994 and the conviction came down in a new state trial based on new evidence. Sentenced to life, he died in prison in 2001 at age 80.
Today in 1967, the Supreme Court struck down Virginia’s 1924 law banning interracial marriages in the Loving v. Virginia case. The ruling affected similar laws today in 15 other states.
Today in 1971, Presidential daughter Tricia Nixon married Edward Cox in the Rose Garden of the White House.
Today in 1978, David Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six "Son of Sam" killings that had terrified New Yorkers.
Today in 1978, the deliberations of the U.S. House were broadcast on radio for the first time. Debate covered a resolution condemning the Ugandan government for alleged violations of human rights, legislation to appropriate money for the Department of Transportation, and a bill to increase funding for the Office of Toxic Substances.
Today in 1979, in a human first, 26-year-old cyclist Bryan Allen flew the pedal-powered Gossamer Albatross across the English Channel.
Today in 1981, Tom Snyder interviewed Charles Manson on "The Tomorrow Show."
Today in 1982, more than 750-thousand anti-nuclear demonstrators rallied in Central Park NYC at the “Nuclear Freeze” rally.
Today in 1987, President Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbechev to tear down the Berlin Wall in one of his most famous Cold War speeches.
Today in 1989, Jerry Falwell announced the disbanding of “the Moral Majority.”
Today in 1991, the Chicago Bulls won their first NBA championship. The Bulls beat the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one.
Today in 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered outside her home in Los Angeles. O.J. Simpson was later acquitted of the killings, but he was held liable in a civil suit.
Today in 1996, in Philadelphia a panel of federal judges blocked a law against indecency on the Internet. The panel said that the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe upon the free speech rights of adults.
Today in 1997, interleague play began in baseball, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series.
Today in 2000, in a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court said patients cannot use a federal law to sue HMO's for giving doctors a financial incentive to cut treatment costs.
Today in 2008, in a stinging rebuke to President George W. Bush’s anti-terror policies, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled that foreign detainees held for years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba had the right to appeal to U.S. civilian courts to challenge their indefinite imprisonment without charges
Today in 2009, the complete switch was made from analog TV transmission to digital in the United States.
Today in 2016, a gunman claiming allegiance to the ISIS opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Killing 49 and injuring 53, this marked worst mass shooting in modern American history.
Today in 2016, at the 70th Tony Awards: "Hamilton" won 11 awards after record 16 nominations. When creator Lin-Manuel Miranda accepted the award for Best Score, he offered up his amazing “Love Is Love” speech in honor of those murdered and injured in Orlando.
Today in 2018, the Singapore Summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump took place. Because of time zones, it was the 12th there…and the 11th