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Robert Hooke1635 Scientist Robert Hooke was born.

John Paul Jones1792 John Paul Jones, naval hero of the American Revolutionary War, died.

John Rutledge1800 John Rutledge, Governor of South Carolina and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, died.

1811 Author William Makepeace Thackeray was born.

Jane Austen1817 Author Jane Austen died.

1895 Bank robber George Kelly Barnes, aka "Machine Gun Kelly," was born.

1899 Author Horatio Alger died.

1911 Actor Hume Cronyn was born.

Red Skelton1913 Entertainer Red Skelton was born.

Western Front, World War I1918 The Allies began their offensive on the Western Front.
1918 South African anti-apartheid leader and President Nelson Mandela was born.

1921 The "Black Sox Trial" began in Chicago.
John Glenn1921 Astronaut John H. Glenn was born.

1925 Adolf Hitler published Mein Kampf.

1929 Figure skater Dick Button was born.

1930 Actor Burt Kwouck was born.

St. Lawrence Seaway1932 The United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Douglas Corrigan1938 Douglas Corrigan landed in Ireland after flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean; he was supposed to have been flying from New York to California.

1939 Singer Dion Di Mucci was born.

1940 Actor James Brolin was born.
1940 Baseball player Joe Torre was born.

1941 Singer Martha Reeves was born.

1947 Businessman Steve Forbes was born.

1950 Businessman Richard Branson was born.

1954 Singer Ricky Skaggs was born.
1954 Bank robber George Kelly Barnes, aka "Machine Gun Kelly," died.

Gemini 101966 The Gemini 10 mission was launched

1967 Actor Vin Diesel was born.

1968 The Intel Corporation was founded in Santa Clara, California.

1980 Actress Kristen Bell was born.

1981 Skywalks over the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, Missouri, collapsed, killing 113.

1990 Psychiatrist Karl Menninger died.

1994 Comet Shoemaker-Levy collided with Jupiter.

2005 William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces in the Vietnam War, died.

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