The Only Things That Happened On This Day in History
1945 The United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb, in the desert near Alamogordo, N.M.
1951 J.D. Salinger’s novel “The Catcher in the Rye” was published.
1969 Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the moon.
1999 John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister died when the single-engine plane Kennedy was piloting plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.