John Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
American track star Jesse Owens broke three world records and tied another in a little over an hour.
The Gateway Arch was dedicated in St. Louis.
Midnight Cowboy, the only x-rated film to win a best picture Oscar, was released.
The worst air disaster in U.S. history (excluding the Sept. 11 attacks) occurred when a DC-10 crashed at Chicago's O'Hare airport, killing over 270 people.