1754 The first international boxing match was held. The 25-minute match was won when Jack Slack of Britain knocked out Jean Petit from France.
1890 Artist, Vincent Van Gogh, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France.
1914 The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people held a conversation between New York, NY, and San Francisco, CA.
1940 John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO, completed a 292-mile swim down the Mississippi River. The swim from St. Louis to Caruthersville, MO, took him 89 hours and 48 minutes.
1957 Jack Paar began hosting the "Tonight" show on NBC-TV. The name of the show was changed to "The Jack Paar Show." Paar was host for five years.
1958 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
1968 Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's stance against artificial methods of birth control.
1981 England's Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married.
1993 The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker, John Demjanjuk, of being Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible." His death sentence was thrown out and he was set free.
1997 Minamata Bay in Japan was declared free of mercury 40 years after contaminated fish were blamed for deaths and birth defects.
1998 The United Auto Workers union ended a 54-day strike against General Motors. The strike caused $2.8 billion in lost revenues.