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1776 The Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence.

1799 King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway was born.

1804 Author Nathaniel Hawthorne was born.

1807 Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi was born.

Fisher Ames1808 Fisher Ames, member of the first U.S. House of Representatives, died.

Hiram Walker1816 Distillery founder Hiram Walker was born.

Erie Canal1817 Construction began on the Erie Canal.

Stephen Foster1826 Songwriter Stephen Foster was born.
John Adams1826 John Adams, 2nd President of the United States, died.
Thomas Jefferson1826 Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, died.

James Monroe1831 James Monroe, 5th President of the United States, died.

Washington Monument1848 The cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid.

1863 Vicksburg, Mississippi, surrendered to the Union Army.

Calvin Coolidge1872 Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, was born.

Eads Bridge1874 The Eads Bridge, the first steel truss bridge in the world, was dedicated.

1883 Cartoonist Rube Goldberg was born.

Statue of Liberty1884 France presented the Statue of Liberty to the United States.

1885 Film producer Louis B. Mayer was born.

1891 American politician Hannibal Hamlin died.

Pullman Strike1894 Federal troops were sent into Chicago to protect trains from striking workers.

1903 The first Pacific cable, running between San Francisco and Manila, went into service.

Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli1910 Astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli died.

1911 Musician Mitch Miller was born.

Ann Landers1918 Esther Pauline Friedman, advice columnist better known as Ann Landers, was born.

1924 Actress Eva Marie Saint was born.

1927 Actress Gina Lollobrigida was born.
1927 Playwright Neil Simon was born.

1930 George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees, was born.

Marie Curie1934 Nobel Prize-winning chemist Marie Curie died.

1938 Singer Bill Withers was born.

1943 Television journalist Geraldo Rivera was born.

Philippines1946 The Philippines celebrated its official independence from the United States.

1995 Actress Eva Gabor died.
1995 Bob Ross, host of The Joy of Painting, died.

Mars1997 Pathfinder landed on Mars.
1997 Television journalist Charles Kuralt died.

2003 Singer Barry White died.

2005 Football coach Hank Stram died.

2008 American politician Jesse Helms died.

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