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1243 Sinibaldo dei Fieschi was elected Pope Innocentius IV.
1530 German Protestant princes forced Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to hear their Confession of Faith.
1580 The Book of Concord, outlining the standards of the Lutheran Church, was first published.
1638 A lunar eclipse became the first astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies.
1667 Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys performed the first known blood transfusion.
1672 The first recorded monthly Quaker meeting in America was held in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
1678 Elena Cornaro Piscopia became the first woman to be awarded a doctorate of philosophy.
1788 Virginia became the tenth state to ratify the Constitution.
1798 The U. S. Congress passed the Alien Act, allowing the President to deport dangerous aliens.
1807 Tsar Alexander I of Russia and Napoleon Bonaparte of France signed the Treaty of Tilsit.
1868 Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina were re-admitted to the Union.
1876 General George A. Custer and his troops were defeated by the Sioux at the Little Bighorn River.
1886 U. S. Army Air Corps Commander Hap Arnold was born.
1889 Lucy Hayes, wife of U. S. President Rutherford B. Hayes, died.
1903 Author George Orwell was born.
1910 The U. S. Congress passed the Mann Act, outlawing the transport of women across state lines for immoral purposes.
1916 Painter Thomas Eakins died.
1929 President Herbert Hoover authorized the building of Boulder Dam.
1932 Gene Sarazen won the U. S. Golf Open.
1935 Musician Eddie Floyd was born.
1938 The Fair Labor Standards Act became law.
1941 The Fair Employment Practices
Commission was established.
1942 Major General Dwight D. Eisenhower was appointed Commander of U. S. forces in Europe.
1945 Singer Carly Simon was born.
1947 The first edition of Anne
Frank's diary was published in The Netherlands.
1948 The Berlin Airlift began.
1949 Author Phyllis George was born.
1950 Communist forces from North Korea invaded South Korea.
1952 Jim Turesa won the PGA Championship at Big Spring Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky.
Convicted murderer Charles Starkweather was executed.
1960 Representatives of Algerian rebels met with French officials in an effort to end unrest in Algeria.
1961 Iraq claimed sovereignty over
1962 The U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the reading of an official prayer in New York public schools is unconstitutional.
1966 The Soviet Union launched Cosmos 122, a meteorological satellite, into orbit.
1975 Mozambique became independent of Portugal.
1978 Argentina defeated the Netherlands 3-1 in the final game of the FIFA World Cup.
1981 The U. S. Supreme Court ruled male-only draft registration constitutional.
1984 Prince released his Purple Rain album.
1985 A fireworks factory near Hallett, Oklahoma, exploded, killing 21 persons.
1990 The U. S. Supreme Court ruled that family members cannot end the lives of comatose relatives unless those relatives previously made their wishes known.
1991 Slovenia and Croatia declared
their independence from Yugoslavia.
1995 Warren Earl Burger, former Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, died.
1997 The Progress M-34
craft collided with and damaged the Mir Space Station.
1999 The San Antonio Spurs defeated the New York Knicks for the NBA Championship.
2000 Juli Inkster won the LPGA Championship.
2009 Actress Farrah Fawcett died.
2013 A gold mine collapsed in the Central African Republic, killing 37 persons.
2017 A tanker carrying fuel burst into flames near Ahmedpur East, Pakistan, killing more than 200 persons.
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