1786 – Shays’ Rebellion, an armed uprising of Massachusetts farmers, begins in response to high debt and tax burdens.
1898 – The Goodyear tire company is founded.
1958 – The United States Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1966 – The Beatles perform their last concert in front of paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
1973 – U.S. District Judge John Sirica ordered President Richard Nixon to turn over secret Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order.
1997 – Netflix is launched as an internet DVD rental service.
2005 – Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,800 people and causing $125 billion in damage.
2008 – Sen. John McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate.