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1462 King Louis XII of France was born.

1550 King Charles IX of France was born.

1693 The first women's magazine, Ladies' Mercury, was published, in London, England.

1697 The Polish parliament selected August of Saxony as king.

1709 Peter the Great of Russia defeated Charles XII of Sweden at the Battle of Poltava.

1743 King George II of England personally led troops into battle at Dettingen, Bavaria.

1756 A French fleet conqyered St. Philips Castle of Minorca.

1759 British General James Wolfe began the siege of Quebec.

San Francisco1776 A group of Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco, California.

Liberty Bell1778 The Liberty Bell was returned to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1806 Buenos Aires, Argentina, was captured by the British.

1833 Prudence Crandall, a white woman, was arrested for running an academy for black females at Canterbury, Connecticut.

Frederick Harvey1835 Frederick Harvey, railroad dining pioneer and entrepreneur, was born.

1844 Mormon founder Joseph Smith died.

1846 Irish patriot Charles Parnell was born.

1847 New York, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts, were linked by telegraph wires.

1864 The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain (Georgia) was fought.

1867 The Bank of California opened its doors.

Paul Laurence Dunbar1872 Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar was born.

1880 Helen Keller, deaf and blind author and lecturer, was born.

1884 The U.S. Congress established a Bureau of Labor within the Department of the Interior.

1890 George Dixon became the first black boxing champion (bantamweight).

1899 Blanche Bigley and Reginald Doherty won the women's and men's tennis championships, respectively, at Wimbledon.

Industrial Workers of the World1905 The Industrial Workers of the World was organized in Chicago.
1905 Russian sailors mutiny aboard the battleship Potemkin.

1913 Billiards champion Willie Mosconi was born.

1927 Bob Keeshan, aka Captain Kangaroo, was born.
Victoria Woodhull1927 Victoria Woodhull, one of the first two female stockbrokers in America and the first female candidate for President, died.

1929 Color television was demonstrated for the first time, in New York City, New York.
1929 President Paul von Hindenburg refused to pay German debts stemming from the First World War.

1930 Businessman H. Ross Perot was born.

1934 The Federal Savings and Loan Association was created.

1938 American politician Bruce Babbitt was born.

1942 The FBI captured 8 Nazi saboteurs from a submarine off Long Island, New York.

1944 Cherbourg, France, was liberated by the Allies.

1949 Fashion designer Vera Wang was born.

1950 The United States sent forces to defend South Korea against Communist aggression.

1951 Actress Julia Duffy was born.

1953 Joseph Laniel was appointed Premier of France.

1954 Rebels sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency overthrew the government of Guatemala.

1955 The first automobile seat belt legislation was enacted, by Illinois.

Hurricane Audrey1957 Hurricane Audrey killed 526 persons in Louisiana and Texas.

British Somaliland1960 British Somaliland became part of Somalia.

1964 Jan & Dean released "Little Old Lady From Pasadena."

1966 "Dark Shadows" premiered on ABC-TV.
1966 Film and television producer J. J. Abrams was born.

1967 The world's first automatic teller machine was installed in Enfield, London, England.

Soccer War1969 Honduras and El Salvador broke off diplomatic relations due to a soccer match.
1969 About 400-1,000 people rioted after police raided the Stonewell Gay Bar in Greenwich Village, New York.

1973 "Live ane Let Die" was released in the United States.
1973 John W. Dean told the Watergate Committee about President Richard Nixon's "enemies list."
1973 The President of Uruguay dissolved Parliament and staged a coup d'etat.

1974 U.S. President Richard Nixon visited the U.S.S.R.
1974
The last new episode of "Flip Wilson Show" aired on NBC-TV.

1975 Actor Tobey Maguie was born.

1976 An Air France Airbus was hijacked in Athens, Greece, was forced to fly to Entebbe, Uganda.
1976 General Antonio Eanes was elected President of Portugal.

Djibouti1977 Djibouti gained its independence from France.
1977 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that lawyers could advertise.

1978 Soyuz 30 carried two cosmonauts to Salyut 6.

1979 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers could use quotas to help minorities.

1980 The first female state police cadets graduated in New Jersey.
1980 An Italian airliner crashed into the Tyrrheense Sea, killing 81 persons.
1980 The United States revived draft registration.

1984 Socialite Khloe Kardashian was born.

1985 U.S. Route 66 was decertified.

1986 Irish voters upheld a nationwide ban on divorce.
1986 The World Court ruled that U.S. aid to Nicaraguan rebels illegal.

1988 Mike Tyson KO'd Michael Spink in 91 seconds, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

1994 Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet.

1995 The Space Shuttle Atlantis successfully docked with the Russian Space Station Mir.

1998 The Kuala Lumpur International Airport opened in Malaysia.

1999 Georgios Papadopoulos, former dictator of Greece, died.

2001 Actor Jack Lemmon died.

2002 Musician John Entwistle died.

2003 The United States National Do Not Call Registry began registering phone numbers.

2007 Gordon Brown became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

2008 Bill Gates stepped down as chairman of Microsoft Corporation.

2009 Actor Gale Storm died.

2012 Actor Don Grady died.

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