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1189 King Henry II of England died.

1253 Mindaugas was crowned King of Lithuania.

1415 John Huss was burned at the stake.

1484 Diogo Cão discovered the mouth of the Congo River.

1495 French King Charles VIII beat the Holy League at the Battle of Fornovo.

1535 Philosopher Sir Thomas More was beheaded for treason.

1553 King Edward VI of England died.

1573 Córdoba, Argentina, was founded by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera.

1609 Emperor Rudolf II granted Bohemia freedom of religion.

1699 Pirate Captain William Kidd was captured in Boston, Massachusetts.

1740 Claudius Amyand, surgeon who performed the first known appendectomy, died.

John Paul Jones1741 American naval hero John Paul Jones was born.

Alexander Wilson1766 Ornithologist Alexander Wilson was born.

1776 The American Declaration of Independence was announced on the front page of the Pennsylvania Evening Gazette.

1777 British troops captured Fort Ticonderoga, New York.

1785 Congress unanimously resolved to name U. S. currency "dollar" and adopted decimal coinage.

1789 The French National Assembly formed a committee of thirty members to draft a new constitution.

1813 English abolitionist Granville Sharp died.

John Marshall1835 John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States, died.

1854 The Republican Party held its first state convention, at Jackson, Mississippi.
1854 Physicist Georg Simon Ohm died.

1858 Lyman Blake patented a shoe manufacturing machine.

1869 The Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen was founded in Amboy, Illinois.

Harry Sinclair1876 Oil man Harry Sinclair was born.

Louis Pasteur1885 Louis Pasteur successfully innoculated a child against rabies.

Homestead Strike1892 Agents from the Pinkerton Detective Agency attempted to end a strike by steel workers in Homestead, Pennsylvania.

1893 A tornado nearly destroyed Pomeroy, Iowa, and killed 71 persons.

1911 Singer LaVerne Andrews was born.

1914 Vince McMahon, founder of World Wrestling Entertainment, was born.

1918 Actor Sebastian Cabot was born.

1921 Nancy Davis, wife of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, was born.

1922 Fashion designer Pierre Cardin was born.

1923 The Russian Empire officially became the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

1925 Talk show host Merv Griffin was born.
1925 Musician Bill Haley was born.

1927 Actress Janet Leigh was born.
1927 Comedian Pat Paulsen was born.

1928 René Lacoste and Hrlrn Wills Moody won their respective singles championships at Wimbledon.

1929 Henri Cochet won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.

1931 Billy Burke won the U. S. Open.
1931
Singer Della Reese was born.

1933 The American League won the very first Major League All-Star Game, 4-2, at Comiskey Park, Chicago.

1934 Dorothy Round Little and Fred Perry won their respective singles championships at Wimbledon.

1937 Actor Ned Beatty was born.
1937 Singer Gene Chandler was born.

1941 The New York Yankees unveiled a monument to Lou Gehrig in center field.

1944 Fire during a performance of the Ringling Brothers Circus in Hartford, Connecticut, killed 168 persons.

1945 Nicaragua became the first nation to formally accept the U.N. Charter.
1945 U. S. President Harry Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom.

1946 George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, was born.
1946 Actor Fred Dryer was born.
1946 Actor Sylvester Stallone was born.
1946 Actor Burt Ward was born.

1951 Dick Savitt and Doris Hart won their respective singles championships at Wimbledon.
1951 Max Faulkner won the British Open.

1956 Lew Hoad won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.
1956 Peter Thomson won the British Open.

Harry S. Truman Memorial Library1957 The Harry S. Truman Memorial Library was dedicated in Independence, Missouri.
Althea Gibson1957 Althea Gibson defeated Darlene Hard to become the first black to win a singles title at Wimbledon.

1959 Betsy Rawls won the LPGA Championship.

1962 Rod Laver won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.
1962
Author William Faulkner died.

1965 A Royal British Air Force transport exploded and plunged to the ground near Oxford, England, killing all 41 men aboard.

Malawi1966 Malawi became a republic.

1968 Rod Laver won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.

1971 Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong died.

1973 Conductor Otto Klemperer died.

1974 Jimmy Connors won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.

Comoros1975 Comoros gained independence from France.

1979 Martina Navratilova won the women's singles championship at Wimbledon.
1979 Musician Van McCoy died.

1986 Boris Becker won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.

1988 The North Sea oil platform Piper Alpha exploded, killing 166 persons.

1989 Janos Kádár, former Premier of Hungary, died.

1991 Steffi Graf won the women's singles championship at Wimbledon.

1994 Actor Cameron Mitchell died.

1996 Steffi Graf won the women's singles championship at Wimbledon.

1997 PeteSampras won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.

1998 The Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok became operational.
1998
Singer/actor Roy Rogers died.

2002 Serena Williams won the women's singles championship at Wimbledon.

2003 Roger Federer and Martina Navratilova won their respective singles championship at Wimbledon.
2003
Actor Buddy Ebsen died.

2008 Rafael Nadal won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.

2009 Robert McNamara, former U. S. Secretary of Defense, died.

2012 Charles David Ganao, former Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo, died.

2013 An attack on a boarding school in Mamudo, Nigeria, killed 42 persons.
2013 A train ran over a rickshaw in Sheikhupura, Pakistan, killing 14 persons.
2013 A train carrying crude oil and set off fires in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada, killing 42 persons.
2013 A Boeing 777 crash-landed at San Francisco (California) International Airport, killing 3 persons and injuring 181 others.
2013 Marion Bartoli won the women's singles championship at Wimbledon.

2014 Novak Dokovic won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.

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