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Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin
1057 Macbeth, King of Scotland, died.
1457 The earliest dated book, "Mainz Psalter," was completed.
1534 Ignatius of Loyola formed the Society of Jesuits.
1620 The Mayflower set sail from Southampton, England, with 102 Pilgrims.
1658 France, Sweden, Bavaria, Brunswick, Munster, and Hessen-Kassel formed the Confederation of the Rhine.
1769 Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, was born.
1771 Scottish poet and historical novelist Sir Walter Scott was born.
1785 English essayist Thomas De Quincy was born.
1796 Botanist John Torrey was born.
1806 The first stone of the Arc de Triomphe was laid.
1812 Indians massacred soldiers and settlers of Fort Dearborn (now Chicago).
1824 Freed American slaves formed the country of Liberia.
1845 English painter Walter Crane was born.
1848 M. Waldo Hanchett patented the dental chair.
1858 The cornerstone of Saint Patrick's Cathedral was laid in New York City.
1869 Moina Belle Michael, creator of the Memorial Poppy, was born.
1877 Joshua Lionel Cowen, inventor of the Lionel Trains, was born.
1879 Actress Ethel Barrymore was born.
1883 Serbian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic was born.
1888 Adventurer Thomas Edward Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) was born.
1912 Television chef Julia Child was born.
1914 The Panama Canal opened to traffic.
1947 India gained its independence from Great Britain.
1948 The Republic of Korea (South Korea) was proclaimed.
1950 Anne, Princess Royal of Great Britain, was born.
1957 The Distant Early Warning (DEW) radar system was completed.
1960 The Republic of the Congo gained its independence from France.
1969 The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened.
1995 John Cameron Swayze, radio and television news personality, died.
1999 Baseball player Pee Wee Reese died.
2010 Political columnist James J. Kilpatrick died.
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