25 YEARS AGO
July 2, 1976 By a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court rules that capital punishment does not violate the Constitution.
50 YEAR AGO
July 11-25, 1951 America’s costliest flood to that time submerges more than a million acres in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.
75 YEARS AGO
August 23, 1926 Rudolph Valentine, the original motion-picture idol, dies suddenly in New York City.
125 YEARS AGO
August 2, 1876 In Deadwood, Dakota Territory, Wild Bill Hickok is shot by Jack McCall during a poker game while holding aces and eights.
150 YEARS AGO
August 3, 1851 Narciso L’pez, a Cuban refugee, invades Cuba with a force of Americans in an attempt to incite a rebellion against Spain. Many raiders are quickly captured and executed.
225 YEARS AGO
August 29, 1776 George
Washington’s Continental Army barely escapes capture after a crushing defeat in the Battle of Long Island.
300 YEARS AGO
July 24, 1701 Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac establishes Fort Pontchartrain, the first permanent European settlement at Detroit.
325 YEARS AGO
July 29, 1676 Gov. William Berkeley of Virginia officially declares the insurrectionist Nathaniel Bacon to be a rebel. Berkeley soon flees the capital, and the colony’s planters swear their allegiance to Bacon.
August 12, 1676 King Philip, the leader of the Wampanoag and Nipmuck Indian rebels in New England, is killed at Assowamset Swamp. On August 28 the remaining Indian fighters surrender to the colonists.
350 YEARS AGO
July 20, 1651 John Clarke, Obadiah Holmes, and John Crandall are arrested in Lynn, Massachusetts, and charged with the crime of teaching Baptist doctrine. They will later be convicted and fined.