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Independence Day (Sri Lanka)

1617 Printer Louis Elzevir died.

Tadeusz Kosciuszko1746 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.
1847 Businessman Adolph Coors was born.

1849 The University of Wisconsin opened.

Confederate States of America1861 The Confederate States of America were formed by a temporary committee meeting at Montgomery, Alabama.

Interstate Commerce Commission1887 The Interstate Commerce Commission was established by act of Congress.

Raymond Dart1893 Raymond Arthur Dart, anatomist/physical anthropologist, was born.

Ludwig Erhard1897 Ludwig Erhard, Chancellor of West Germany, was born.

1899 The Philippine Rebellion against the United States began.

Charles Lindbergh1902 Aviator Charles Lindbergh was born.

Clyde Tombaugh1906 Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto, was born.

1913 Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born.

Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan1917 Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan, President of Pakistan, was born.

1918 Actress Ida Lupino was born.

Betty Friedan1921 Betty Friedan, founding member of the National Organization for Women, was born.

1922 Television news correspondent Bernard Kalb was born.

Travel Air1925 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.

1945 The Yalta Conference began.
1945 Comedian David Brenner was born.

1947 American politician Dan Quayle was born.

Sri Lanka1948 Ceylon declared its independence from the United Kingdom, as Sri Lanka.
1948 Rock singer
Vincent Damon Furnier, aka Alice Cooper, was born.

Phil Ehart1950 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.

Kantrowitz-Avco Mechanical Auxiliary Ventricle1966 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.

Liberace1987 Entertainer Liberace died.
1987 The U.S. Stars & Stripes beat Australia's Kookaburra III to win the America's Cup.

2005 Actor Ossie Davis died.

Betty Friedan2006 Betty Friedan, founding member of the National Organization for Women, died.

2016 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell died.

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