Today in history, France and Portugal sign the Treaty of Lyons, aligning themselves against Spain in 1536.
Today in history, The Bastille, a fortress in Paris used to hold political prisoners, is stormed by a mob in 1789.
Today in history, European Allies retake Tientsin, China, from the rebelling Boxers in 1900.
Today in history, Howard Hughes (see picture below) and crew set a new world record for an around-the-world flight in 1938.
Today in history, The George Washington Carver National Monument (see picture below) in Joplin, Missouri becomes the first national park honoring an African American in 1951.