1884— America's first modern roller coaster opens at Coney Island, N.Y. "The Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway" designed by La Marcus Thompson.
1966—The Supreme Court hands down its decision in Miranda v. Arizona, establishing that all suspects must be advised of their right to remain silent and their right to an attorney before interrogation.
1981—17-year-old Marcus Serjeant fires six blank shots from an imitation gun at Queen Elizabeth II during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in London before being arrested.
1990—The official demolition of the Berlin Wall begins.
2005—Pop singer Michael Jackson is found not guilty of all charges after a four-month child abuse trial.