This Day in History
1775: The Second Continental Congress establishes a postal system.
1788: New York becomes the 11th state to ratify the Constitution.
1947: Pres. Harry Truman signs a law uniting the Army, Navy, and Air Force as the National Military Establishment, directed by the secretary of defense, and creating the National Security Council and CIA.
1948: An executive order signed by Pres. Harry Truman ends racial segregation in the armed forces.
1953: Fidel Castro and a small group of revolutionaries unsuccessfully attack the Moncada army barracks in Santiago de Cuba.
1956: Egypt seizes control of the Suez Canal and is subsequently invaded by Israel, France, and Great Britain.
1973: Pres. Richard Nixon refuses to comply with subpoenas ordering him to turn over tapes of White House conversations on Watergate.
1990: The Americans With Disabilities Act is signed by Pres. George H. W. Bush, barring discrimination against the handicapped and requiring that public facilities be accessible.
2004: U.S. supercyclist Lance Armstrong wins the Tour de France for a record 6th consecutive year.