The city of Dublin was founded on this day in 988. In 1925, the trial of Tennessee high school teacher John Scopes began in Dayton, Tennessee. Scopes was charged with teaching evolution to his class, in violation of the Butler Act. In 1962, Telstar, the world's first communications satellite was launched. Celebrating birthdays today: Virginia Wade, Arlo Guthrie, Ludmilla Tourischeva, Neil Tennant, Bela Fleck and Jessica Simpson. It is Independence Day in the Bahamas.