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1733 Surveyor Jeremiah Dixon was born.

Nathanael Greene1752 Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene was born.

Purple Heart1782 Sergeants Elijah Churchill, William Brown, and Daniel Bissel were awarded the first Purple Hearts.

1789 The Department of War was created by act of Congress.

1792 President George Washington put down the Whiskey Rebellion.

1814 Pope Pius VII reinstated the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

1834 Inventor Joseph-Marie Jacquard died.

1882 The Hatfield-McCoy Feud began.*

1885 Actress Billie Burke was born.

1888 Theophilus Van Kannel patented the revolving door.

Louis Leakey1903 Anthropologist Louis S.B. Leakey was born.

Ralph Bunche1904 American diplomat Ralph Bunche was born.

1909 The first "Lincoln Penny" was issued.

Theodore Roosevelt1912 The Progressive Party nominated Theodore Roosevelt for President.

1927 The International Peace Bridge was dedicated.
Leonard Wood1927 U.S. General Leonard Wood died.

1932 Diet plan entrepreneur Jenny Craig was born.

1940 Winston Churchill recognized Charles De Gaulle's government-in-exile.
1940 Alsace Lorraine was annexed by Germany.
1940
$45,000 was paid for one 1856 British Guiana, the highest price ever paid for a postage stamp to date.

1941 Poet Rabindranath Tagore died.

1942 U.S. marines landed on Guadalcanal.
1942 Radio personality Garrison Keillor was born.
1942 Singer B.J. Thomas was born.

1944 IBM dedicated the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator.

1957 Comic actor Oliver Hardy died.

1959 Explorer VI transmitted the first television photo of Earth from space.
1959
The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny went into circulation, replacing the "sheaves of wheat" design.

1960 Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) gained independence from France.
1960 Actor David Duchovny was born.

1963 Jacqueline Kennedy became the first First Lady to give birth since Frances Cleveland.

1981 The Washington Star ceased publication.

1985 Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri, and Chiaki Mukai were chosen to be Japan's first astronauts.

1989 U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland and 15 others were killed in a plane crash in Ethiopia.

1990 U.S. troops deployed to Saudi Arabia, beginning Operation Desert Shield.

2004 Oil well fire fighter Red Adair died.

2005 Television news anchor Peter Jennings died.

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