In 1900, the last rail for the White Pass and Yukon Railroad was laid, connecting Skagway and Whitehorse.
In the nation
In 1914, transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco.
In 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which created NASA.
In the world
In 1588, the English soundly defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines.
In 1967, fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin, killing 134 servicemen.
In 1981, Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in London. The couple divorced in 1996.
In 1993, the Israeli Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of being Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible" and threw out his death sentence.