The Only Things That Happened On This Day in History
1831 Belgium became independent as Leopold I was proclaimed King of the Belgians.
1861 The first Battle of Bull Run was fought at Manassas, Va., resulting in a Confederate victory.
1954 France surrendered North Vietnam to the Communists.
1955 During the Geneva summit, President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented his “open skies” proposal under which the United States and the Soviet Union would trade information on each other’s military facilities.
2007 “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the final volume of the wizard series by J.K. Rowling, went on sale.