In 1910, the U.S. Patent Office granted a patent for an electrically powered washing machine.
In 1942, British authorities in India arrested nationalist Mohandas K. Gandhi.
In 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, a U.S. B-29 dropped a nuclear device over Nagasaki, killing an estimated 74,000 people.
In 1964, after the other Beatles had gone home for the evening (2.00 am), Paul McCartney stayed behind and recorded ‘Mother Nature’s Son’, taping 25 takes at Abbey Road studios. The song was included on The White Album.
In 1969, actor Sharon Tate and four other people were found brutally slain at Tate’s Los Angeles home; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers were later convicted of the crime.
In 1974, at noon, in accordance with his statement of resignation the previous evening, Richard M. Nixon officially ends his term as the 37th president of the United States. Minutes later, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States in the East Room of the White House.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan nominated Lauro Cavazos to be secretary of education; the first Hispanic member to serve in the Cabinet.
In 2014, Michael Brown Jr., an 18-year-old Black man, was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri; Brown’s death led to protests spawning a national “Black Lives Matter” movement.