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Swedish National Holiday
1523 Gustav Vasa was elected Kind of Sweden, ending the Kalmar Union.
1533 Poet Ludovico Ariosto died.
1755 Nathan Hale, hero of the American Revolution, was born.
1756 Painter John Trumbull was born.
1804 Louis Antoine Godey, publisher of Godey's Lady's Book, was born.
1832 Philosopher Jeremy Bentham died.
1844 The YMCA was organized in London.
Battle of Memphis was fought.
1865 William Quantrill, leader of Confederate raiders during the Civil War, died.
1867 Businessman David Abercrombie was born.
1868 Antarctic explorer Robert F. Scott was born.
1875 Novelist Thomas Mann was born.
1882 The electric iron was patented by Henry W. Seely.
1891 John Alexander Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada, died.
1898 Businessman Eli Lilly died.
1900 The U.S. Congress passed an act authorizing a civil code and government for the territory of Alaska.
1922 Actress Lillian Russell died.
1923 Author V.C. Andrews was born.
1928 Walter Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corporation.
Revenue Act of 1932 was enacted, creating the first gas
tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US
1933 The first drive-in theater opened, in Camden, New Jersey.
The Securities and Exchange Commission was
1936 Aviation gasoline
was produced commercially for the first time, at
Paulsboro, New Jersey.
1939 Singer Gary "U.S." Bonds was born.
1941 Race car driver and designer Louis-Joseph Chevrolet died.
1942 The Battle of Midway ended in an Allied victory.
1944 Allied forces landed in Normandy, France.
1947 Actor Robert Englund was born.
1948 Inventor Louis Lumière died.
1956 Tennis player Bjorn Borg was born.
aircraft carrier USS Independence was launched.
1961 Psychiatrist Carl Jung died.
1968 American politician Robert F. Kennedy died.
1976 Businessman J. Paul Getty, Sr. died.
1978 California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13.
1991 Jazz musician Stan Getz died.
2005 Actress Anne
2006 Singer Billy Preston died.
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