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Independence Day (Sri Lanka)
1617 Printer Louis Elzevir died.
1746 Tadeusz Kosciuszko, general in both the American and Polish revolutions, was born.
1802 Educator Mark Hopkins was born.
1847 The first telegraph
company in the United States was established in Maryland.
1849 The University of Wisconsin opened.
1861 The Confederate States of America were formed by a temporary committee meeting at Montgomery, Alabama.
1887 The Interstate Commerce Commission was established by act of Congress.
1893 Raymond Arthur Dart, anatomist/physical anthropologist, was born.
1897 Ludwig Erhard, Chancellor of West Germany, was born.
1899 The Philippine Rebellion against the United States began.
1902 Aviator Charles Lindbergh was born.
1906 Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto, was born.
1913 Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born.
1917 Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan, President of Pakistan, was born.
1918 Actress Ida Lupino was born.
1921 Betty Friedan, founding member of the National Organization for Women, was born.
1922 Television news correspondent Bernard Kalb was born.
1925 Travel Air was incorporated in Wichita, Kansas.
1938 Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released.
1940 Actor John Schuck was born.
1941 The United Service Organization was founded.
Yalta Conference began.
1947 American politician Dan Quayle was born.
Ceylon declared its independence from the United Kingdom,
as Sri Lanka.
1950 Rock musician Phil Ehart was born.
1962 Singer Clint Black was born.
1964 The 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, banning poll taxes, was proclaimed.
1966 Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz implanted an artifical ventricle in a patient for the first time.
1973 Boxer Oscar De La Hoya was born.
1983 Singer Karen Carpenter.
Entertainer Liberace died.
2005 Actor Ossie Davis died.
2006 Betty Friedan, founding member of the National Organization for Women, died.
2016 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell died.
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