Today in history, George Washington takes command of the Continental Army in 1775.
Today in history, American ambassador Caleb Cushing successfully negotiates a commercial treaty with China in 1844.
Today in history, Confederate forces attack the center of the Union line at Gettysburg, but fail to break it in 1863.
Today in history, The Wild Bunch, led by Butch Cassidy (see picture below), commits its last American robbery near Wagner, Montana, taking $65,000 from a Great Northern train in 1901.
Today in history, The U.S. First Army opens a general offensive to break out of the hedgerow area of Normandy, France in 1944.
Today in history, Jackie Robinson (see picture below) becomes the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.