On this day in 1982 ET came out. I remember vaguely seeing this with my family when it first came out on tape. Especially the scene where ET gets drunk. Anther summer blockbuster was released on this day in 1986 when Ferris Buellers Day Off came out. "We ate pancreas!".
On this day in 1963 the University of Alabama was desegregated by presidential order. You see, in the south, them good ol' boys don't like to mix with colored folks. Not at their schools, not at their restaurants, not anywheres. But that damn yankee president had to stick his nose where it don't belong, I'll tell you what. Yeah, this was the scene of Forrest Gump where he picks up the book that the girl dropped in front of the school.
On this day in 1938 during the second Sino-Japanese war in China the Nationalist government creates the Yellow River Flood in order to stop the Japanese army advancing. Turns out to be one of the worst military blunders in history when the flood waters kill over 500,000 civilians. Talk about cutting off your nose in spite of your face, yeah, let's destroy the cities we're trying to protect so they don't get destroyed by the Japanese.
Also on this day in 1963 Buddhist Monk Quang Duc lights himself on fire to protest the the intolerance of the South Vietnamese government towards religious freedom. This picture circulated around the world and drew attention to the plight in southeast Asia. Later it was put on the cover Rage Against the Machine's first album.