Today in history, The Supreme Court rules that states cannot ban interracial marriages in 1967.
Today in history, The New York Times begins publishing the Pentagon Papers in 1971.
Today in history, Pioneer 10 (see picture below), already in space for 11 years, leaves the solar system in 1983.
Today in history, Massachusetts passes the first compulsory education law in the colonies in 1642.
Today in history, The U.S. Army is founded when the Continental Congress authorizes the muster of troops in 1775.
Today in history, The Continental Congress authorizes the “stars and stripes” flag for the new United States in 1777.
Today in history, The city of Philadelphia observes the first Flag Day in 1893;.
Today in history, Congressman William Gray (see picture below), an African American, is elected Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives in 1989.
Today in history, UNIVAC, the first computer built for commercial purposes, is demonstrated in Philadelphia by Dr. John W. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, Jr in 1951.
Today in history, The Red Turban revolt breaks out in Guangdong, China in 1854.
Today in history, Surgeon Richard Lawler performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago in 1950.
Today in history, Millions of Americans watch former football player O.J. Simpson (see picture below) – facing murder charges–drive his Ford Bronco through Los Angeles, followed by police in 1994.