On this day in 1994, American gridiron football hero O.J. Simpson was charged with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, though after a sensational trial he was acquitted the following year.
More Events on this day:
1972: The Watergate, an office-apartment-hotel complex in Washington, D.C., that was the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, was broken into by five men who were later arrested, prompting the Watergate scandal that upended the administration of U.S. President Richard M. Nixon.
1944: Iceland declared itself a republic.
1940: The Soviet Red Army invaded Latvia, which led to the incorporation of the country into the U.S.S.R.
1871: James Weldon Johnson—a poet, diplomat, and anthologist of African American culture—was born.
Source: Encyclopædia Britannica Online Daily