Today in 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to join the United States.
Today in 1861, the state of Mississippi voted to secede from the United States.
Today in 1902, New York State introduced a bill to outlaw flirting in public.
Today in 1936, the United States Army adopted the semi-automatic rifle.
Today in 1951, the United Nations headquarters opened in New York City.
Today in 1965, the film, "Goldfinger," starring Sean Connery, Today in 1979, A Gift of Song benefit concert was held at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Performers included Olivia Newton-John, Rita Coolidge, the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Donna Summer, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Abba, and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Today in 1989, Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski were elected to Baseball Hall of Fame. They were officially inducted the following July.
Today in 1990, the US Supreme Court struck down Dallas' ordinance imposing strict zoning on sexually oriented businesses
Today in 1991, MLB officially banned Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame for betting on baseball. The decision was ratified the following month.
Today in 2002, it was confirmed that Enron Corp. was being criminally investigated by the U.S. Justice Department – the company had filed for bankruptcy in December of 2001.
Today in 2007, Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs announced the iPhone.
Today in 2018, President Trump cancelled the program allowing 200-thousand San Salvadoreans temporary status to live in the US.
Today in 2018, mudslides swept away 100 houses in Montecito, California – killing at least 20 – on land stripped bare by recent fires.