On July 19, 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers the Rosetta Stone.
In 1848, a pioneering women’s rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, New York.
In 1961, TWA became the first airline to begin showing regularly scheduled in-flight movies as it presented “By Love Possessed” in first class.
In 1980, the Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that were boycotting the games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.
In 1990, baseball’s all-time hits leader, Pete Rose, was sentenced to five months in prison for tax evasion.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced a policy dubbed “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue” that prevented the military from asking recruits about sexual identity but barred entry to those who engaged in “homosexual conduct.”