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1377 King Edward III of England died.
1639 Puritan leader Increase Mather was born.
1684 King Charles II revoked the Massachusetts Bay Colony charter.
1738 English statesman Charles Townshend died.
1749 Halifax, Nova Scotia, was founded.
1774 American politician Daniel D. Tompkins was born.
1788 New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution.
1791 King Louis XVI of France was captured while trying to escape to Austria with his family.
1821 The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was organized.
1834 Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his mechanical reaper.
1850 Daniel Carter Beard, founder of the Boy Scouts of America, was born.
1860 The U.S. Army adopted the semaphore system developed by Major Albert James Myer.
1879 Frank Winfield Woolworth opened his first successful "five-cent store."
1882 Artist Rockwell Kent was born.
1898 Guam became a territory of the United States.
1903 Caricaturist Al Hirschfeld was born.
1905 Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre was born.
1907 E.W. Scripps founded United Press.
1921 Actress Jane Russell was born.
1925 Actress Maureen Stapleton was born.
1933 Actor Bernie Kopell was born.
1938 Actor Ron Ely was born.
1940 Actress Mariette Hartley was born.
1945 U.S. forces captured Okinawa.
Actress Meredith Baxter was born.
1949 Georgia Neese Clark Gray was sworn in as the first woman Treasurer of the United States.
1953 Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan, was born.
1963 Giovanni Battista Montini, Archbishop of Milan, was elected pope and became Paul VI.
1971 The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, the Defense Department's secret history of the Vietnam War.
Hinckley was found not guilty of the 1981 attempted
assassination of President Ronald Reagan by reason of
1985 Hector Boiardi, aka Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, died.
2001 Blues musician John
Lee Hooker died.
2003 Novelist Leon Uris died.
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