On this day in 1892 the two parents of Lizzie Borden are found dead in their home. Her mother, Abby, had her head almost bludgeoned in two, and her father, Andrew, had his face smashed to pieces. The prime suspect was Lizzie, but she was quickly found innocent by a jury. Public sentiment was against her once a rhyme was released.
On this day in 1964 the two United States naval boats are reportedly fired upon by the North Vietnamese Army. This is known as the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and increased the US presence in Vietnam.
On this day in 1914 the United States proclaimed it's neutrality while total war broke out in Europe. Unlike it's current world police agenda, US policy was more self serving at this time. There wasn't any threat from commies, or international terrorists. It wasn't until Germany deployed a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare that the United States enter the war 3 years later.