Today In History

In 1787: The Continental Congress barred slavery in the Northwest Territory.

In 1863: Massive anti-draft riots broke out in New York City. More than a thousand were killed. Union troops, who had held off the Confederates at Gettysburg ten days earlier, were quickly moved to New York to put down the riots.

In 1939: Frank Sinatra recorded his first song, “From the Bottom of My Heart.”

In 1960: John Kennedy was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.

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