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Revolution Day (Egypt)
1540 Turkey recognized Janos Sigismund Zapolyai as vassal-king of Hungary.
1777 Polish cavalry officer Casimir Pulaski arrived in America with an offer of assistance in the fight for independence.
1793 Roger Sherman, signer of four of the most important documents in U.S. history, died.
1798 Napoleon Bonaparte captured Alexandria, Egypt.
1816 Actress Charlotte Cushman was born.
1820 Julia Gardiner Tyler, the second wife of U.S. President John Tyler, was born.
1829 William Austin Burt patented the "typographer" (typewriter).
1834 Cardinal James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, was born.
1840 The Union Act was passed by the British Parliament, uniting Upper and Lower Canada.
1856 Bal Gangadhar Tilak, leader of the Indian independence movement, was born.
1865 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Edward Terry Sanford was born.
1866 The Cincinnati Baseball Club (Red Stockings) formed.
1875 Isaac Singer, inventor of the first commercially successful sewing machine, died.
1877 The first U.S. municipal
railroad, Cincinnati Southern, began operations.
1885 Ulysses Grant, 18th President of the United States, died.
1888 Author Raymond Chandler was born.
1892 Haile Selassie, the last Emperor of Ethiopia, was born.
1904 The ice cream cone was created by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
1906 The Third Pan-American conference convened.
1918 Baseball player Pee Wee Reese was born.
1920 British East Africa was renamed Kenya and became a British crown colony.
1925 Lou Gehrig hit the first of his 23 career grand slam home runs.
1930 Aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss died.
1932 Alberto Santos-Dumont, Brazilian-French aviation pioneer, died.
1933 Game show host Bert Convy was born.
Baseball player Don Drysdale was born.
1947 Actor Larry Manetti was born.
1948 Film director D.W. Griffith died.
1952 Military officers overthrew the Egyptian monarchy of King Farouk.
1955 Cordell Hull, U.S. Congressman and Secretary of State, died.
1959 An intercontinental jet plane flew 4,800 miles in 8 hours 54 minutes to set a New York-to-Moscow nonstop flight.
1961 Actor Woody Harrelson was born.
1962 The first-ever live transatlantic television signal was sent to and from the Telstar satellite.
1966 Actor Montgomery Clift died.
Musician Alison Krauss was born.
1972 The first Earth Resources
Technology Satellite (ERTS) was launched.
1973 White House intern
Monica Lewinsky was born.
1974 Actress Stephanie March was born.
1982 Actor Vic Morrow died.
1986 Prince Andrew of Great Britain married Sarah Ferguson.
1989 Actor Daniel Radcliffe was born.
1995 Comet Hale-Bopp was discovered.
2007 Mohammed Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan, died.
2012 Astronaut Sally Ride died.
2016 Thorbjörn Fälldin, two-time Prime Minister of Sweden, died.
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