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1350 The English naval fleet under King Edward III defeated a Castilian fleet of 40 ships (Battle of Winchelsea).

1526 The Hungarian Empire was conquered by Ottomans led by Suleiman the Magnificent ( Battle of Mohács).

1632 Philosopher John Locke was born.

1640 King Charles I of England signed a peace treaty with Scotland.

1742 Edmond Hoyle published his "Short Treatise" on the card game whist.

1758 The New Jersey Legislature formed the first Indian reservation.

1769 Author Edmond Hoyle died.

Richard Rush1780 American diplomat Richard Rush was born.

Shay's Rebellion1786 A band of armed farmers stormed a debtor's court in Northampton, Massachusetts.

1799 Pope Pius VI died.

1809 Author Oliver Wendell Holmes was born.

1825 Portugal recognized the independence of Brazil.

1833 The Slavery Abolition Act became law in Great Britain.

1842 Great Britain and China signed the Treaty of Nanking, ending the Opium War.

1854 Daniel Halladay patented the self-governing windmill.

1862 The Second Battle of Bull Run began.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing1862 The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing began operation.
Poet and dramatist Maurice Maeterlinck was born.

Nebulae1864 William Huggins discovered the chemical composition of nebulae.

Charles F. Kettering1876 Inventor Charles F. Kettering was born.

1877 Mormon leader Brigham Young died.

1885 Gottlieb Daimler received a German patent for a motorcycle.

J.C. Hall1891 Joyce Clyde "J.C." Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards, was born.

Clasp-Locker1893 Whitcomb Judson received a patent for a "clasp-locker" device.

1898 The Goodyear Tire Company was founded.

Lyman Lemnitzer1899 Lyman Louis Lemnitzer, U.S. and NATO General, was born.

1900 Gaetano Bresci, the assassin of King Umberto I of Italy, was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment.

1909 Glenn Curtiss won the world's first air race, in Rheims, France.

1910 Japan changed Korea's name to Chosen.

Panama Canal1914 The Arizonian became the first vessel to arrive in San Francisco via the Panama Canal.

1915 Actress Ingrid Bergman was born.

1916 The U.S. Naval Reserve was created by Congress.
1916 The U.S. Congress formally granted independence to the Philippines.

1917 Actress Isabel Sanford was born.

Bird Parker1920 Jazz musician Charlie "Bird" Parker was born.

1922 Fashion critic Richard Sylvan Selzer, aka Mr. Blackwell, was born.

1923 Gilm director Richard Attenborough was born.

1929 Anne Morrow Lindbergh made her first solo flight.
1929 The
German airship Graf Zeppelin began a round-the-world flight.
Yasser Arafat1929 Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, was born.

1931 Businessman David Abercrombie died.

1932 The International Anti-War Committee formed in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

1936 U.S. Senator John McCain was born.

1938 Actor Elliott Gould was born.

1940 James Brady, White House Press Secretary under U.S. Preident Ronald Reagan, was born.

1941 Television personality Robin Leach was born.
1941 Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic was born.

1944 15,000 American troops liberating Paris marched down the Champs Elysees.

1945 British troops liberated Hong Kong from the Japanese.
Douglas MacArthur1945 U.S. General Douglas MacArthur was named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan.

1949 The U.S.S.R. performed its first nuclear test.
John Steuart Curry1949 Painter John Steuart Curry died.

1953 The Soviet Union exploded its first hydrogen bomb.

1954 San Francisco International Airport opened.

1957 The Civil Rights Act of 1957 was passed by the U.S. Congress.

Air Force Academy1958 The United States Air Force Academy opened in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1958 Singer Michael Jackson was born.

George Washington Bridge1962 The lower level of the George Washington Bridge was opened to traffic, making it the only 14-lane suspension bridge in the world.

1964 Walt Disney's Mary Poppins was released.

1966 The Beatles played their last public conert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

1967 The last new episode of "The Fugitive" aired.

1976 Singer Jimmy Reed died.

1978 The USTA National Tennis Center opened in Flushing, New York.

1981 Journalist Lowell Thomas died.

1982 The element Meitnerium, atomic number 109, was first synthesized at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany.
1982 Actress Ingrid Bergman died.

1987 Actor Lee Marvin died.

1991 The Soviet Union suspended Communist Party activities.

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