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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.
1815 Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo.
1873 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.
1940 Winston Churchill gave his "This was their finest hour" speech.
1942 Bernard W. Robinson
became the first black ensign in the U.S. Navy.
1948 Columbia Records
publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record,
the 33-1/3, in New York City.
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.
1983 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.
2014 King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicated in favor of his son Felipe..
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