455 – King Gaiseric and the Vandals sack Rome – Rome looted for 14 days
1862 – Robert E. Lee takes command of Confederate armies of North Virginia during the American Civil War
1886 – Frances Folsom, age 21, married U.S. President Grover Cleveland in the White House and became the youngest first lady in American history.
1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897
1946 – In the aftermath of World War II, the people of Italy passed a referendum to replace the governing monarchy with a republic.
1953 – Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, London, England
1989 – 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, protecting students demonstrating for democracy
1997 – A jury in Denver, Colorado, found Timothy McVeigh of the militia movement guilty of murder and conspiracy in the deaths of 168 people in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and he was executed in June 2001.
Births & Deaths:
2008 – American singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bo Diddley, who was one of the most influential performers of rock music’s early period, died in Florida.
1935 – Babe Ruth, 40, announces his retirement as a player
1962 – Ray Charles’ cover “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” from his influential crossover album “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” hits #1 on Billboard
TV & Film:
2002 – Crime drama “The Wire” created by David Simon and starring Idris Elba and Dominic West debuts on HBO
Via Britannica / On This Day