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King James I1566 King James I of England was born.

1623 French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist Blaise Pascal was born.

Albany Congress1754 The Albany Congress convened.

Valley Forge1778 The Continental Army left their winter encampment at Valley Forge.

Nathanael Greene1786 Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene died.

Richard Henry Lee1794 Richard Henry Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence, died.

1801 Benedict Arnold, the Revolutionary War General who betrayed his country, died.

1811 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase died.

1829 Robert Peel established the London Metropolitan Police.

1846 The first offically recognized baseball game was played, by Cartwright Rules; the New York Nines defeated the Knickerbockers 23-1 at Hoboken, New Jersey.

1867 Emperor Maxmilian of Mexico died.

1896 Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, was born.

Moe Howard1897 Moe Howard, leader of The Three Stooges, was born.

1902 Band leader Guy Lombardo was born.

1903 Baseball player Lou Gehrig was born.

Father's Day1910 The first Father's Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington.
Abraham Fortas1910 Supreme Court Justice Abraham Fortas was born.

1913 South Africa passed the Natives Land Act, Act No 27, confining Africans to reserves and depriving them of rights to purchase land outside the native reserves.

1914 U.S. Senator Alan Cranston was born.
1914 Musician Lester Flatt was born.

1915 Actor Pat Buttram was born.

1917 The British Royal Family formally adopted the name House of Windsor.

1926 Painter Mary Cassatt died.

1923 The comic strip "Moon Mullins" debuted.

1928 Actress Nancy Marchand was born.

National Industrial Recovery Act1933 The National Industrial Recovery Act was signed into law.

1934 The Federal Communications Commission was created.

1936 Author G. K. Chesterton died.

1937 Author J. M. Barrie died.

1940 The comic strip "Brenda Starr" debuted.
1940 Auto racer Shirley Muldowney was born.

1947 Author Salman Rushdie was born.

1948 Actress Phylicia Rashad was born.

1950 Musician Ann Wilson was born.

1952 "I've Got A Secret" debuted on CBS-TV.

1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for passing U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

1954 The cartoon character Tasmanian Devil debuted in "Devil May Hare."
1954 Actress Kathleen Turner was born.

NORAD1958 The Canadian House of Commons approved the North American Air Defense Command Agreement.

Freedomland U.S.A.1960 Freedomland U.S.A., billed as the world's largest amusement park, opened.

Kuwait1961 Kuwait became fully independent of the United Kingdom.

1962 Singer Paula Abdul was born.

1964 A submarine cable between Japan and Hawaii began operations.

1966 Actor Ed Wynn died.

1967 U.S. Secretary of the Navy designate John T. McNaughton was killed in an airplane crash in North Carolina.

1970 The Patent Cooperation Treaty was signed.

1975 Crime boss Sam Giancana died.

1976 Viking 1 went into Martian orbit after a 10-month flight from Earth.

1977 Actress Geraldine Brooks died.

1978 The comic strip "Garfield" debuted.

1986 Basketball player Len Bias died.

1992 The movie Batman Returns was released.

1994 Composer Henry Mancini died.

2007 Kurt Waldheim, German politician and Secretary General of the United Nations, died.

2013 Actor James Gandolfini died.
2013Country singer Slim Whitman died.

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