1861: Union forces attacked two Confederate forts on the North Carolina Outer Banks. The Confederates surrendered the next day, giving the Union its first notable victory of the Civil War.
1955: Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman; he was found brutally slain three days later.
1962: More than 58,400 people used the Aberdeen swimming pool that summer.
1963: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in the nation's capital, where more than 200,000 people listened as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his ''I Have a Dream'' speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
1968: Police and anti-war demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic national convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.
1988: Stephanie Herseth of Houghton was crowned South Dakota's Miss Teen. She went on to compete in the national pageant in Hilo, Hawaii.
1990: An F5 tornado struck the Chicago area, killing 29 people.
Source: Dacotah Prairie Museum and The Associated Press