In 1917, Lester D. Henderson, Superintendent of Schools in Juneau, was appointed the Territory of Alaska's first Commissioner of Education.
In 1928, Henry O'Malley, U.S. Commissioner of Fisheries, asked for a decrease in taking and packing salmon for fear of depleting the fisheries.
In the nation
In 1904, Cy Young pitched the American League's first perfect game, as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0.
In 1925, John T. Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
In 1942, sales of sugar resumed in the United States under a rationing program.
In 1955, the baseball musical "Damn Yankees" opened on Broadway.
In 1961, astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America's first space traveler, as he made a 15-minute sub-orbital flight in a capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
In 1999, the first Kosovo refugees brought to the United States, 453 of them, arrived at Fort Dix in New Jersey.
In 2003, searchers using dogs and heavy equipment went from one crumbled home to another after tornado-packed storms flattened communities in four Midwestern states, killing 19 people.
In the world
In 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of St. Helena.
In 1862, Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeated French troops sent by Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla.
In 1912, the first issue of the Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda was published.