Today in history, The British government orders the port of Boston closed in 1774.
Today in history, The first U.S. congressional act on administering oaths becomes law in 1789.
Today in history, American navy captain James Lawrence (see picture below), mortally wounded in a naval engagement with the British, exhorts to the crew of his vessel, the Chesapeake, “Don’t give up the ship!” in 1812.
Today in history, The National Defense Act increases the strength of the U.S. National Guard by 450,000 men in 1916.
Today in history, The Douglas DC-4 (see picture below) makes its first passenger flight from Chicago to New York in 1939.
Today in history, The U.S. reports finding wiretaps in the American embassy in Moscow in 1978.