AP Highlight in History: On July 29, 1588, the English soundly defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines.
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Artist Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France, at age 37.
Transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco.
Britain's King George VI opened the Olympic Games in London.
Jack Paar debuted as host of NBC's "Tonight" show.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin, killing 134 servicemen.
Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
Dr. Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of being Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible" and threw out his death sentence.
A day trader opened fire in two Atlanta brokerage offices, killing nine people and wounding 13 before shooting himself to death; he had earlier killed his wife and two children.
Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was indicted on seven felony counts of concealing more than a quarter of a million dollars in house renovations and gifts he had received from a powerful oil contractor. (A judge later dismissed the case, saying prosecutors had withheld evidence.)
Army scientist Bruce Ivins commited suicide as prosecutors prepared to indict him in the 2001 anthrax attacks.