Today in history, Tripoli declares war on the U.S. for refusing to pay tribute in 1801.
Today in history, The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, holds its first graduation in 1854.
Today in history, The U.S. VII and V corps, advancing from Normandy’s beaches, link up and begin moving inland in 1944.
Today in history, The news that the sound barrier has been broken is finally released to the public by the U.S. Air Force. Chuck Yeager (see picture below), piloting the rocket airplane X-1, exceeded the speed of sound on October 14, 1947 in 1948.
Today in history, Serb forces begin their withdrawal from Kosovo after signing an agreement with the NATO powers in 1999.