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

1962 – Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin allegedly become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island (More info)

1963 – Alabama Gov. George Wallace unsuccessfully tries to physically block two black students from registering at the University of Alabama (More info)

1963 – Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam (More info)

1970 – Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington become the first female US Army Generals (More info)

2001 – Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing (More info)