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987 Hugh Capet was crowned King of the Franks.
1250 King Louis IX of France was captured at the Battle of Fariskur (Egypt) while conducting the Seventh Crusade.
1423 King Louis XI of France was born.
1608 Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec.
1661 Portugal gave Tangier and Bombay to King Charles II of England.
1720 Sweden and Denmark signed a peace treaty.
1726 Furniture designer Robert Adam was born.
1738 Painter John S. Copley was born.
1746 Irish statesman Henry Grattan was born.
1754 The Battle of Fort Necessity was fought.
1767 Pitcairn Island was discovered.
1775 George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1778 Prussia declared war on Austria.
1814 American forces captured Fort Erie, Canada.
1819 The first savings bank in the U. S. (Bank of Savings in New York City) opened its doors.
1839 The first state normal school in the U. S. opened in Lexington, Massachusetts, with 3 students.
1844 The last pair of great auks was killed.
1845 Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin opened a magic theater in Paris, France.
1848 Slaves in the Danish West Indies were freed.
1849 The French entered Rome in order to restore Pope Pius IX to power.
1863 The Battle of Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) ended.
1876 Montenegro declared war on Turkey.
1878 Composer George M. Cohan was born.
1883 The SS Daphe sank on
the Clyde River (Scotland), killing 195 persons.
1884 Charles Henry Dow published the first Dow Jones Average.
1898 The U. S. Navy defeated a
Spanish fleet in Santiago, Cuba, harbor.
1901 Charlotte Cooper and Arthur Gore won their respective Singles Championships at Wimbledon.
1905 Marvin Hart scored a 12th round knockout of Jack Root to win the world heavyweight boxing title.
1909 Dora Boothby and Arthur Gore won their respective Singles Championships at Wimbledon.
1920 Bill Tilden and Suzanne Lenglen
won their respective Singles Championships at Wimbledon.
1925 Suzanne Lenglen won the Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship.
1926 Kitty Godfree and Jean Borota won their respective Singles Championships at Wimbledon.
1928 John Logie Baird demonstrated the first color television transmission in London, England.
1930 The U. S. Veterans Administration was created.
1931 Sidney Wood, Jr. and Cilly Aussem won their respective Singles Championships at Wimbledon.
1934 The FDIC paid off the first insured depositors, of the Fon du Lac Bank of East Peoria, Illinois.
1936 Helen Jacobs and Fred Perry won their respective Singles Championships at Wimbledon.
1937 Jacob Schick, inventor of the electric razor, died.
1940 U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander was born.
1943 Astronaut Norman Thagard was born.
1947 Seven persons were killed by a
tornado that struck several farms and all but wiped out
the town of Warsaw, North Dakota.
1950 U.S. and North Korean armies met on the battlefield for the first time.
1951 Sam Snead won the PGA Championship.
1952 Dr. F. D. Dodrill first used a
mechanical heart to by-pass the left side of a heart
while he repaired a faulty valve.
1953 Vic Seixas and Maureen Connolly won their respective Singles Championships at Wimbledon.
1954 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias won the U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship.
1956 Talk show host Montel Williams was born.
1958 "Andy Williams Show" premiered on ABC-TV.
1959 The 49-star U.S. flag was flown
officially for the first time when it was run up over
both the Capitol and Fort McHenry, Maryland.
1962 France proclaimed
the independence of Algeria.
1964 Roy Emerson and Maria Bueno won their respective Singles Championships at Wimbledon.
1965 Margaret Smith won the Women's Singles Championship at Wimbledon.
1969 Rock musician Brian Jones died.
1970 A British airliner crashed at
Barcenlona, Spain, killing 112 persons.
1971 John Newcombe won the Men's
Singles Championship at Wimbledon.
1972 India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Pakistan's President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto signed an agreement to not use force to settle differences.
1976 Brian Wilson performed with the
Beach Boys after a 12-year absence.
1981 Christ Evert won the Women's
Singles Championship at Wimbledon.
1982 Martina Navratilova won the Women's Singles Championship at Wimbledon.
1983 John McEnroe won the Men's Singles Championship at Wimbledon.
1985 The movie Back to the Future was released.
1986 Kuwait's National Assembly was
1988 The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, was completed.
1989 The U. S. Supreme Court ruled
that states do not have to pay for abortions.
1993 Steffi Graf and Pete Sampras won
their respective Singles Championship at Wimbledon.
1995 Tennis player Pancho Gonzalez died.
1999 Lindsay Davenport won the Women's Singles Championship at Wimbledon.
2001 A Vladivostok Avia TU-154 crashed on approach to Irkutsk, Russia, killing 145 persons.
2004 Maria Sharapova won the Women's Singles Championship at Wimbledon.
2005 Roger Federer won the Men's Singles Championship at Wimbledon.
2007 Musician Boots Randolph died.
2008 Larry Harmon, aka Bozo the Clown, died.
2010 Serena Williams and Novak Dokovic won thei Women's Singles Championships at Wimbledon.
2011 Novak Dokovic won the Men's Singles Championship at Wimbledon.
2012 A truck bomb killed 25 persons
and wounded 40 others in Diwaniyah, Iraq.
2013 Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was deposed by the military.
2017 A bus crash during a traffic jam and resulting fire killed 18 persons near Muenchberg, Germany.
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