In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud in the city of Baltimore. It had been signed on July 4 in Philadelphia. The illustration above depicts the reading of the historic document. (Charles R. Hazard, The Sun Magazine)
1890: Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France.
1914: Transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco.
1958: President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating NASA.
1981: Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in London's St. Paul's Cathedral.