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1486 Painter Andrea del Sarto was born.

1548 La Paz, Bolivia, was founded.

Sieur d'Iberville1661 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.

Anthony Wayne1779 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.
1798 The U.S. Marine Hospital was authorized.

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.

David Farragut1862 David Farragut became the first Rear Admiral of the United States Navy.

1867 D.R. Averill patented ready-mixed paint.
1867 Joseph Monier patented reinforced concrete.

Roald Amundsen1872 Arctic and Antarctic explorer Roald Amundsen was born.

Bela Schick1877 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.

Mary Todd Lincoln1882 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.

1907 Orville Redenbacher, founder of a popcorn empire, was born.
1907 Actress Barbara Stanwyck was born.

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.

Grand Coulee Dam1933 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.

1951 King Leopold III of Belgium abdicated.
1951 Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, was published.

Boeing 7071954 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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