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Waterloo Day

1583 Richard Martin of London took out the first life insurance policy, on William Gibbons; the premium was 383.

1639 The Treaty of Berwick ended the First Bishops' War between England and Scotland.

1778 The British Army evacuated Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1812 The United States Congress declared war on Great Britain.

Napoleon Bonaparte1815 Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo.

Susan B. Anthony1873 Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for voting for President.

1877 James Montgomery Flagg, creator of the "I Want You For U.S. Army" Uncle Sam, was born.

1886 Explorer George Mallory was born.

1897 Musician Kay Kyser was born.

1898 The first amusement pier opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

1908 Game show host Bud Collyer was born.

1910 Actor E.G. Marshall was born.

1913 Songwriter Sammy Cahn was born.

1915 Red Adair, fighter of oil well fires, was born.

1923 The First Checker Cab was produced by the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Amelia Earhart1928 Amelia Earhart completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales, becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as a passenger.
Roald Amundsen1928 Arctic and Antarctic explorer Roald Amundsen died.

Winston Churchill1940 Winston Churchill gave his "This was their finest hour" speech.

1942 Bernard W. Robinson became the first black ensign in the U.S. Navy.
1942 Film critic Roger Ebert was born.
1942 Musician Paul McCartney was born.

1948 Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record, the 33-1/3, in New York City.
1948 The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted an International Declaration of Human Rights and a "Draft Declaration of Human Rights."

1959 Actress Ethel Barrymore died.

1968 The U.S. Supreme Court banned racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing.

1976 Singer Blake Shelton was born.

1977 The Space Shuttle test model Enterprise carried a crew aloft for the first time, while fixed to a modified Boeing 747.

Sally Ride1983 Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

1996 Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, was indicted on ten criminal counts.

2000 Actress Nancy Marchand died.

King Juan Carlos2014 King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicated in favor of his son Felipe..

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