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Pope Callistus III died.
Bogotá, Colombia, was founded by Gonzalo
Jiménez de Quesada.
Barberini was elected Pope Urban VIII.
Dramatist and poet Ben Jonson died.
Irish statesman Daniel O'Connell was born.
The Holy Roman Empire came to an end.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English poet, was born.
Norwich University was founded in Vermont
as the first private military school in the
Bolivia declared its independence from Peru.
The Russian Geographical Society was
founded in Saint Petersburg.
The Great Bell was cast for the Great Clock of
Westminster (Big Ben).
1861 The British
annexed Lagos, Nigeria.
A group of Cheyenne braves became the first
Indians ever to engineer a train wreck when they
derailed a Union Pacific train near Plum Creek,
Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin,
Cy Young pitched and won his first major
league baseball game.
1890 At Auburn Prison, New York
murderer William Kemmler became the first person
to be executed by electric chair.
1892 Actor Hoot
Gibson was born.
1906 Philo T. Farnsworth, the
inventor of television, was born.
Ramsey and three friends became the first women
to complete a transcontinental auto trip.
director Charles Crichton was born.
Lucille Ball was born.
Patrick Dowd Jr. enlisted in the French Foreign
Legion, becoming the first American to fight in
World War I.
Robert Mitchum was born.
1918 The Second
Battle of the Marne ended.
Barbara Bates was born.
1926 Gertrude Ederle became the first
woman to swim the English Channel.
Artist Andy Warhol was born.
U.S. troops left Haiti after a 19-year
1934 Author Piers Anthony was
Estonia was annexed by the Soviet Union.
An American bomber dropped the world's first atomic bomb to be used in warfare on Hiroshima,
The DuMont Television Network made its
1956 The Beech Model 95 Travel
Air made its first flight, with pilot S.C.
Randy DeBarge was born.
1962 Jamaica gained independence from
the United Kingdom.
director M. Night Shyamalan was born.
1973 Fulgencio Batista
President of Cuba, died.
Actress Soleil Moon Frye was born.
Pope Paul VI died.
Marcus Hooper became the youngest person to swim
the English Channel.
1985 The Major
League Baseball Players Association went on
strike (for one day).
journalist Harry Reasoner died.
Rick James died.
director John Hughes died.
Marvin Hamlisch died.
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