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1513 Pope Julius II died.

1730 Pope Benedict XIII died.

Jethro Tull1741 Jethro Tull, inventor of the mechanized seed drill, died.

Santa Ann1794 Mexican leader Antonio López de Santa Anna was born.

1801 John Henry Cardinal Newman, British religious leader, was born.

1804 Richard Trevithick' locomotive ran for the first time, in Wales.

1817 Chocolatier Domenico Ghirardelli was born.

1842 John Greenough patented a sewing machine.

1858 Edwin T. Holmes installed the first known electric burglar alarm, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lucy Hobbs Taylor1866 Lucy Hobbs Taylor became the first fully licensed female dentist in the United States (if not the world).

1878 The world's first telephone directory was issued, listing 50 subscribers in New Harbor, Connecticut.

Washington Monument1885 The Washington Monument was dedicated.

1887 Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day a holiday.

1902 Dr. Harvey Cushing, the first brain surgeon in the United States, performed his first brain operation.

1916 The Battle of Verdun began.

1925 The first issue of New Yorker magazine was published.
Sam Peckinpah1925 Film director Sam Peckinpah was born.

1927 Columnist Erma Bombeck was born.

1929 Associated Aircraft Company was formed.

1931 Alka Seltzer was introduced.

1934 Actress Rue McClanahan was born.

1937 Waldo Waterman's Arrowbile, a flying car, made its first flight.
1937 King Harald V of Norway was born.

1938 Astronomer George Ellery Hale died.

Frederick Banting1941 Frederick Banting, medical researcher who helped isolate insulin, died.

1943 Businessman David Geffen was born.

1946 Actress Tyne Daly was born.

1948 NASCAR was incorporated.
1948 James H. McGraw, co-founder of McGraw-Hill, died.

1952 Dick Button performed the first figure skating triple jump in competition.

1955 Actor Kelsey Grammer was born.

1958 Singer Mary Chapin Carpenter was born.

Telstar1963 Telstar, the world's first active communications satellite, went out of service.

1965 Civil rights activist Malcolm X was killed.

1972 Richard M. Nixon became the first U.S. President to visit China.

1979 Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt was born.

1981 Peter Sutcliffe, aka "Yorkshire Ripper," was captured.

1991 Dancer Margot Fonteyn died.

Eva Alberta Jessye1992 Eva Alberta Jessye, singer and choral director, died.

1996 American politician Barbara Jordan was born.

Gertrude Belle Elion1999 Pharmaceutical chemist Gertrude Belle Elion died.

2005 Televangelist Dr. Gene Scott died.

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