1890 Artist Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France.
1958 President Eisenhower signed the congressional act that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by Congress.
1968 In Humanae Vitae (of Human Life), Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s prohibition on artificial methods of birth control.
1981 Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, married Lady Diana Spencer.
2003 Red sox switch hitter Bill Mueller became the first baseball player to hit grand slam home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game.