The Only Things That Happened On This Day in History
1789 The War Department was established by Congress.
1942 U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.
1964 Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on United States forces.
1974 French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center.
2007 Barry Bonds became baseball’s career home run leader when he hit No. 756 during a home game in San Francisco, passing Hank Aaron’s mark.