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306 Constantine I was proclaimed Emperor of Rome by his troops.

1729 North Carolina became a royal colony.

George Stephenson1814 George Stephenson demonstrated his first successful steam locomotive.

1822 General Agustin de Iturbide was crowned Augustin I, 1st emperor of Mexico.

1832 The first railroad accident in the U.S. occurred on the Granite Railway at Quincy, Massachusetts.

1848 British statesman Arthur Balfour was born.

1850 Gold was discovered in Oregon's Rogue River.

David Farragut1866 David Farragut was appointed as the first Admiral of the U.S. Navy.

1871 The carousel was patented by Wilhelm Schneider.

Louis Bleriot1909 Louis Blériot made the first successful airplane flight across the English Channel.

Garrett Morgan rescuing men1916 Garrett Morgan and three other men, all wearing breathing devices invented by Morgan, rescued men trapped in a tunnel.

Paul Weitz1932 Astronaut Paul J. Weitz was born.

1943 The first warship named for a Black person, the USS Leonard Roy Harmon, was launched.
Benito Mussolini1943 Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was overthrown.

1944 United States forces broke out of Normandy.

Operation Crossroads1946 The United States conducted the second of two atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll.
1946 The world's first bikini was shown at a Paris fashion show.

1947 The United States Department of Defense was created.

Puerto Rico1952 Puerto Rico became a Commonwealth of the United States.

1956 The Italian liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Stockholm.

Habib Bourguiba1957 Habib Bourguiba was named the first President of Tunisia.

1963 The United States, Russia and England signed a nuclear test ban treaty.

1965 Bob Dylan was booed off the Newport Folk Festival for using an electric guitar.

1969 Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young performed for the first time, at the Fillmore East in New York City.

1975 A Chorus Line debuted on Broadway.

1984 Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.

Ben Hogan1997 Professional golfer Ben Hogan died.

Concorde2000 A Concorde jet crashed in France.

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