Today is the 186th day of the year, with only 179 days remaining until the new year.
1811 - Venezuela declares its independence from Spain.
1937 - Spam, the luncheon meat, is introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.
1947 - Larry Doby signs a contract with the Cleveland Indians baseball team, becoming the first black player in the American League.
1989 - Oliver north is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell to a three-year suspended prison term, two years probation, $150,000 in fines and 1,200 hours community service. His convictions are later overturned.
1996 - Dolly the Sheep becomes the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.
2009 - Roger Federer wins a record 15th Grand Slam title in tennis, winning a five set match against Andy Roddick at Wimbledon.