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68 Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide.

1534 Jacques Cartier sailed into the mouth of the St. Lawrence River.

1549 The Book of Common Prayer was adopted by the Church of England.

1672 Czar Peter the Great of Russia was born.

James Edward Oglethorpe1732 James Edward Oglethorpe and 20 others were granted a charter to found Georgia.

Samuel Slater1768 Samuel Slater, founder of the American factory system, was born.

1772 The first naval attack of the Revolutionary War took place in Providence, Rhode Island.

George Stephenson1781 Inventor George Stephenson was born.

1790 The Philadelphia Spelling Book* became the first book to be copyrighted under U.S. laws.

1791 Playwright John H. Payne was born.

1822 Charles Graham patented false teeth.

1860 Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter*, by Mrs. Ann Stevens, became the first "dime novel" in the United States.

Battle of Brandy Station1863 The Battle of Brandy Station, the largest cavalry engagement of the Civil War, was fought.

1864 The Battle of Kenesaw Mountain was fought.

1865 Composer Carl Nielsen was born.

1891 Composer Cole Porter was born.

1900 Conductor Fred Waring was born.

1902 The first Automat restaurant opened, at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1915 Electric guitar pioneer Les Paul was born.

1916 U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara was born.

1926 American politician Sanford Ballard Dole died.

Victoria Woodhull1927 Victoria Woodhull, the first female candidate for U.S. President, died.

1930 Television news commentator Marvin Kalb was born.

1934 The first Donald Duck cartoon, "Wise Little Hen,"* was released.
1934 Comedian Jackie Mason was born.
1934 Singer Jackie Wilson was born.

1939 Sportscaster Dick Vitale was born.

Georgia Neese Clark1949 Georgia Neese Clark was confirmed as the first woman Treasurer of the United States.

1953 The last new episode of the "Milton Berle Show/Texaco Star Theater" aired on NBC-TV.

1959 The first U.S. ballistic-missile submarine, George Washington, was launched at Groton, Connecticut.

1961 Actor Michael J. Fox was born.
1961 Author Aaron Sorkin was born.

1963 Actor Johnny Depp was born.

Gamal Abdel Nasser1967 Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser resigned from office, but reassumed office almost immediately due to public pressure.

1969 Warren Burger was confirmed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

1978 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ended its 148-year policy of excluding black men from the priesthood.

1980 Comedian Richard Pryor suffered burns from free basing cocaine.

1981 Actress Natalie Portman was born.
1981 Game show host Allen Ludden died.

George Wells Beadle1989 Biologist George Wells Beadle died.

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