Today in history, The Peasants’ Revolt, led by Wat Tyler, climaxes when rebels plunder and burn the Tower of London and kill the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1381.
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, Captain William Bligh (see picture below) of the HMS Bounty arrives in Timor in a small boat. He had been forced to leave his ship when his crew mutinied in 1789.
Today in history, The city of Philadelphia observes the first Flag Day in 1893.
Today in history, Women in Norway win the right to vote in 1907.
Today in history, President Warren G. Harding (see picture below) becomes the first president to speak on the radio in 1922.
Today in history, The Supreme Court rules that requiring students to salute the American flag is unconstitutional in 1942.
Today in history, Congressman William Gray (see picture below), an African American, is elected Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives in 1989.