On this day…
- In 1775, the US Postal Service is established by the Continental Congress, with Ben Franklin as its first postmaster general.
- In 1847, Liberia proclaims its independence.
- In 1948, Harry S Truman signs the Executive Order desegregating the US military.
- In 1956, President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalises the Suez Canal, kicking off the Suez Crisis.