Today in history – June 28, 2019

1778 – American Revolutionary War: The Continental Army engages the British in the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse resulting in a stalemate and British withdrawal under cover of darkness.

1894 – Labor Day becomes an official US holiday.

1902 – Congress passes the Spooner Act, authorizing President Theodore Roosevelt to acquire rights from Colombia for the Panama Canal.

1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo, sparking the start of World War I.

1919 – The Treaty of Versailles is signed, ending World War I.

1969 – The Stonewall riots begin in New York City, marking the start of the Gay Rights Movement.

1971 – The Supreme Court ruled the use of public funds for parochial schools was unconstitutional.

1978 – The Supreme Court, in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke bars quota systems in college admissions.

1997 – Mike Tyson is disqualified in a boxing match for biting a piece off Evander Holyfield’s ear.