Today in 1776, the Virginia state constitution was adopted and Patrick Henry was made governor. He was sworn in the following July 6th.
Today in 1863, General Lee ordered his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Today in 1940, the Alien Registration Act passed, which requires aliens to register.
Today in 1941, Joe DiMaggio got a base hit in his 42nd consecutive game.
Today in 1964, the TV remote control was invented.
Today in 1978, Bob Crane, best known for his lead role in “Hogan's Heroes,” was found murdered. He was 59. His death remains unsolved.
Today in 1990, Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dave Stewart of the Oakland A's became the first pitchers to hurl no-hitters in both the National and American Leagues on the same day. Oakland shut out the Blue Jays, 5-to-0, while Los Angeles blanked the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-to-0.
Today in 1993, Joel Rifkin pleaded innocent at an arraignment in Mineola, New York to one count of murder – a day after police found a woman's body in his pickup truck. Rifkin, who later confessed to killing 17 women, is serving multiple life sentences.
Today in 1994, in a British TV documentary, Prince Charles admitted that he'd been faithful to Princess Diana during his marriage, but said that it wasn’t until the union " became irretrievably broken down."
Today in 1995, the shuttle Atlantis and the space station Mir docked in orbit.
Today in 2000, President Clinton nominated former Congressman Norman Mineta to lead the Commerce Department. He became the first Asian-American Cabinet secretary.
Today in 2000, the official groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California.
Today in 2002, Vice PresidentDick Cheney, served as acting President for two and a half hours, while President George W. Bush underwent a colonoscopy procedure.
Today in 2006, the Supreme Court ruled that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violatedS. and international law.
Today in 2009, financier Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison and pay $170-billion in restitution – the maximum – for conducting a massive Ponzi scheme.
Today in 2016, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter lifted Pentagon's ban on transgendered people serving in the US armed forces.
Today in 2018, in response to the Trump administration’s duties on Canadian steel and aluminum, Canada released a list of items – including ketchup, lawn mowers and playing cards – that would be targeted with billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs against the United States.