1890: Artist 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.
1967: Fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin, killing 134 servicemen.
1975: President Ford became the first U.S. president to visit the site of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland as he paid tribute to the camp’s victims.
1981: Britain’s Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.