Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1850 – President Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the US, dies after only 16 months in office (More info)

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing African-Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law (More info)

1900 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom gives royal assent to an act uniting the six Australian colonies as the Commonwealth of Australia (More info)

1962 – Andy Warhol's 'Campbell's Soup Cans' exhibition opens at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles (More info)

1986 – The New Zealand Parliament passes the Homosexual Law Reform Act that legalizes homosexuality in New Zealand (More info)