1974 – The 1974 Super Outbreak, the second-largest series of tornadoes in history (at 148), hits 13 U.S. states and one Canadian province; 315 people are killed and more than 5,000 are injured. 1974 – Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves breaks Babe Ruth 's home run record by hitting his 715th career home run.
1898. The United States goes to war with Spain and gains control of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt becomes a national hero leading his “Rough Rider” volunteer unit at San Juan Heights.