On this date
The New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree
located on what is now Wall Street.
The first Kentucky Derby was run; the winner was Aristides.
Congress passed the Vinson Naval Act, providing for a two-ocean navy.
1939 Britain's King
George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived in Quebec on the first visit to Canada
by reigning British sovereigns.
German Nazis occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War II.
President Harry S. Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying
a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its "Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka"
decision that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal.
37 American sailors were killed when an Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S.
Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf.
Joe Black, the first black baseball pitcher to win a World Series game, for
the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952, died in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 78.