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1486 Painter Andrea del Sarto was born.
1548 La Paz, Bolivia, was founded.
1661 Explorer Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville was born.
1723 Painter Joshua Reynolds was born.
1769 The first mission in California was established at San Diego by Father Junípero Serra.
1779 General Anthony Wayne led a successful night time raid on British forces at Stony Point, New York, and earned the nicknamed "Mad Anthony."
1790 The District of Columbia was established.
1798 The U.S. Public
Health Service was established.
1809 La Paz, Bolivia, declared its independence from the Spanish Crown and formed the Junta Tuitiva, the first independent government in Spanish America.
1821 Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science movement, was born.
1861 The Battle of Bull Run was fought.
1862 David Farragut became the first Rear Admiral of the United States Navy.
1867 D.R. Averill
patented ready-mixed paint.
1872 Arctic and Antarctic explorer Roald Amundsen was born.
1877 Béla Schick, developer of the Schick Test for diphtheria immunity, was born.
1880 Emily Stowe became the first woman licenced to practice medicine in Canada.
1882 Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, died.
1896 Trygve Lie, first Secretary-General of the United Nations, was born.
1904 Islands of the Manu'a group (Samoa) were ceded to the United States by their chiefs.
Orville Redenbacher, founder of a popcorn empire, was
1911 Dancer/actress Ginger Rogers was born.
1912 A naval torpedo that could be launched from an airplane was patented by B.A. Fiske.
1926 National Geographic took the first natural-color undersea photos.
1933 Construction of the Grand Coulee Dam began.
1935 The first automatic parking meter in the United States was installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1943 Football coach Jimmy Johnson was born.
1945 The United States tested its first atomic bomb, at Alamagordo, New Mexico.
Leopold III of Belgium abdicated.
1954 The 367 Dash 80, progenitor of the Boeing 707, flew for the first time.
1965 The Mount Blanc Road tunnel between France and Italy opened.
1967 Comedian Will Ferrell was born.
1968 Football player Barry Sanders was born.
1969 Apollo 11, the first manned mission destined to land on the Moon, was launched.
1981 Singer Harry Chapin died.
1994 Comet Shoemaker-Levy collided with Jupiter.
1997 Fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered.
1999 John F. Kennedy, Jr. was killed in a plane crash.
2016 Basketball player Nate Thurmond died.
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