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1635 Scientist Robert Hooke was born.
1792 John Paul Jones, naval hero of the American Revolutionary War, died.
1800 John Rutledge, Governor of South Carolina and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, died.
1811 Author William Makepeace Thackeray was born.
1817 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.
1913 Entertainer Red Skelton was born.
1918 The Allies began their
offensive on the Western Front.
1921 The "Black Sox
Trial" began in Chicago.
1925 Adolf Hitler published Mein Kampf.
1929 Figure skater Dick Button was born.
1930 Actor Burt Kwouck was born.
1932 The United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1938 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.
Actor James Brolin was born.
1941 Singer Martha Reeves was born.
1947 Businessman Steve Forbes was born.
1950 Businessman Richard Branson was born.
Singer Ricky Skaggs was born.
1966 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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