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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.
1808 Fisher Ames, member of the first U.S. House of Representatives, died.
1816 Distillery founder Hiram Walker was born.
1817 Construction began on the Erie Canal.
1831 James Monroe, 5th President of the United States, died.
1848 The cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid.
1863 Vicksburg, Mississippi, surrendered to the Union Army.
1872 Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, was born.
1874 The Eads Bridge, the first steel truss bridge in the world, was dedicated.
1883 Cartoonist Rube Goldberg was born.
1884 France presented the Statue of Liberty to the United States.
1885 Film producer Louis B. Mayer was born.
1891 American politician Hannibal Hamlin died.
1903 The first Pacific cable, running between San Francisco and Manila, went into service.
1910 Astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli died.
1911 Musician Mitch Miller was born.
1918 Esther Pauline Friedman, advice columnist better known as Ann Landers, was born.
1924 Actress Eva Marie Saint was born.
Actress Gina Lollobrigida was born.
1930 George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees, was born.
1934 Nobel Prize-winning chemist Marie Curie died.
1938 Singer Bill Withers was born.
1943 Television journalist Geraldo Rivera was born.
1946 The Philippines celebrated its official independence from the United States.
Actress Eva Gabor died.
Pathfinder landed on Mars.
2003 Singer Barry White died.
2005 Football coach Hank Stram died.
2008 American politician Jesse Helms died.
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