ON THIS DAY
TODAY is Tuesday, July 28, 2015. On this day:
1821 - Peru declared its independence from Spain.
1865 - The American Dental Association proposed its first code of ethics.
1866 - The metric system was legalized by the U.S. Congress for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States.
1868 - The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect. The amendment guaranteed due process of law.
1896 - The city of Miami, FL, was incorporated.
1914 - World War I officially began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
1932 - Federal troops forcibly dispersed the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington, DC. They were demanding money they were not scheduled to receive until
1945-1941 - Plans for the Pentagon were approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. 1942 - L.A. Thatcher received a patent for a coin-operated mailbox. The device stamped envelopes when money was inserted.
1945 - A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City's Empire State Building. 14 people were killed and 26 were injured.
1951 - The Walt Disney film "Alice in Wonderland" was released.
1965 - U.S. President Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.
1973 - Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett were married.
1982 - San Francisco, CA, became the first city in the U.S. to ban handguns.
1991 - Dennis Martinez (Montreal Expos) pitched the 13th perfect game in major league baseball history.
1994 - Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers) pitched the 14th perfect game in major league baseball history.
1998 - Bell Atlantic and GTE announced $52 billion deal that created the second-largest phone company.