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306 Constantine I was proclaimed Emperor of Rome by his troops.
1492 Pope Innocent VIII died.
1729 North Carolina became a royal colony.
1750 U.S. Secretary of War Henry Knox was born.
1775 Anna Symmes, future wife of William Henry Harrison, was born.
1805 Businessman Johnnie Walker was born.
1814 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.
1834 Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge died.
1844 Painter Thomas Eakins was born.
1848 British statesman Arthur Balfour was born.
1850 Gold was discovered in Oregon's Rogue River.
1853 Playwright David Belasco was born.
1866 David Farragut was appointed as the first Admiral of the U.S. Navy.
1870 Artist Maxfield Parrish was born.
1871 The carousel was patented by Wilhelm Schneider.
1894 Actor Walter Brennan was born.
1895 Actor Johnny Hines was born.
1909 Louis Blériot made the first successful airplane flight across the English Channel.
1916 Garrett Morgan and three other men, all wearing breathing devices invented by Morgan, rescued men trapped in a tunnel.
1923 Actress Estelle Getty was born.
1924 U.S. Senator Frank Church was born.
1925 Film director Joseph Sargent was born.
1932 Astronaut Paul J. Weitz was born.
1941 Basketball player Nate Thurmond.
first warship named for a Black person, the USS Leonard
Roy Harmon, was launched.
1944 United States forces broke out of Normandy.
The United States conducted the second of two atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll.
1947 The United States Department of Defense was created.
1952 Puerto Rico became a Commonwealth of the United States.
1954 Football player Walter Payton was born.
1956 The Italian liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Stockholm.
1957 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.
1967 Actor Matt LeBlanc was born.
1969 Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young performed for the first time, at the Fillmore East in New York City.
1971 Actress Miriam Shor was born.
1973 Louis St. Laurent, former Prime Minister of Canada, died.
1975 A Chorus Line debuted on Broadway.
1978 The world's first "test-tube baby" was born.
1984 Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.
1985 Actor James Lafferty was born.
1986 Film director Vincente Minnelli died.
1992 Actor Alfred Drake died.
1955 Country singer Charlie Rich died.
1997 Professional golfer Ben Hogan died.
2000 A Concorde jet crashed in France.
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