On this day in 1786, Massachusetts farmers arm themselves, rebel against taxation under the Articles of Confederation.
On this day in 1922, Howard Zinn, a historian, author, professor, playwright, and activist, was born in Brooklyn.
On this day in 1068, when the “Fort Hood 43” refused to board a plane to Chicago for riot-control duty against fellow African Americans, their non-violent act became one of the largest demonstrations of dissent in U.S. military history.
On this day in 1964, Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, and the other members of the MFDP at the Democratic National Convention, questioned the nation about the lack of “one person, one vote” in the United States.
On this day in 1964, the Freedom Schools Convention was held in Mississippi.
On this day in 1964, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed without a single dissent in the House of Representatives, and only two no votes in the Senate.
On this day in 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb for the first time in war over the city of Hiroshima.
On this day in 2012, a white supremacist shot and killed six members of the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
On Aug. 4, 1964, the bodies of three lynched civil rights workers (James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman) were found.
On this day in 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) declared a strike.