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

1718 – New Orleans is founded by French settlers and named after the Duke of Orleans (More info)

1768 – James Cook begins his first voyage (More info)

1835 – The New York Sun perpetrates the Great Moon Hoax (More info)

1916 – The United States National Park Service is created (More info)

1944 – After more than four years of Nazi occupation, Paris is liberated by the Allies (More info)