Today in history,The House of Burgesses convenes for the first time at Jamestown, Va. in 1619.
Today in history, In an effort to penetrate the Confederate lines around Petersburg, Va. Union troops explode a mine underneath the Confederate trenches but fail to break through. The ensuing action is known as the Battle of the Crater in 1864.
Today in history, Federal troops are called out to put down Chicago race riots in 1919.
Today in history, George Eastman (see picture below) demonstrates his color motion picture process in 1938.
Today in history, President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law in 1965.
Today in history, Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa (see picture below) disappears, last seen coming out of a restaurant in Bloomingfield Hills, Michigan in 1975.