16 July 1585
On this date in 1585...
Roanoke colonists led by Governor Ralph Lane burned and destroyed the corn crops of the Algonquin village of Aquascogoc in present-day Hyde County North Carolina when the Indians refused to return a silver cup stolen on the previous days visit.
- 1790 - The U.S. Congress declared the city of Washington in the District of Columbia to be the permanent capital of the United States.
- 1894 - Several black strike-breakers hired by a mining company were killed in a fight with striking white miners in Alabama.
- 1935 - Oklahoma City became the first city in the U.S. to install parking meters.
- 1945 - The first detonation of an atomic bomb occurred in a test at the Trinity Site outside Alamogordo, New Mexico as part of the Manhattan Project.
- 1967 - A prison riot set fire to a prison barracks in Jay, Florida, killing 37 people.
- 1969 - Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida and began the first manned mission to land on the moon.
© 2016 KnowSouthernHistory.Org
All Rights Reserved