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1861 The First Battle of Bull Run took place.

Frances Folsom1864 Frances Folsom, wife of U.S. President Grover Cleveland, was born.

1873 The Jesse James and James Younger gang robs its first train, at Adair, Iowa.

1899 Author Ernest Hemingway was born.

1904 The Trans-Siberian Railway was completed.

Frederick Banting1921 Frederick Banting began testing insulin on dogs.

1924 Actor Don Knotts was born.

1925 Tennessee teacher John Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution and fined $100.

1930 The United States Veterans Administration was formed.

Guam1944 U.S. troops landed on Guam.
Paul Wellstone1944 U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone was born.

1948 Singer Cat Stevens was born.
1948 Cartoonist Garry Trudeau was born.
1948 Film director D.W. Griffith died.

1952 Comedian Robin Williams was born.

S.R.D. Bandaranaike1960 Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike was sworn in as the first woman Prime Minister in the world, of Ceylon.

1969 The first manned exploration of the Moon came to an end.

1967 Actor Basil Rathbone died.

1978 Juan Pereda Asbún declared himself President of Bolivia after deposing Hugo Banzer Suárez in a military coup.

USS Constitution1997 The USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") sailed under its own "power" for the first time in 116 years.

lan Shepard1998 Astronaut Alan Shepard died.
1998 Actor Robert Young died.

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