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Independence Day (Greece)

Richard the Lionhearted1199 King Richard the Lionhearted of England was wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting in France.

1306 Robert the Bruce was crowned Robert I, King of Scots.

1479 Tsar Vasily III of Russia was born.

1634 Lord Baltimore's colonists landed in what is now Maryland.

Christiaan Huygens1655 Christiaan Huygens discovered Titan, Saturn's largest moon.

1807 The British Parliament abolished the slave trade.

Henry Lee1818 Henry Lee, American Revolutionary War general, died.

1821 Greece gained indepedence from the Ottoman Empire.

Yosemite1851 California's Yosemite Valley was discovered.

1857 Edouard-Leon Scott patented the phonautograph, predecessor of the phonograph.

1863 The first Army Medal of Honor was awarded.

1867 Sculptor Gutzon Borglum was born.
Arturo Toscanini1867 Conductor Arturo Toscanini was born.

1881 Composer Béla Bartók was born.

1894 Coxey's Army of the unemployed set out from Massillon, Ohio, for Washington, D.C.

1895 Italian troops invaded Abyssinia.

1902 Irving W. Colburn patented the sheet glass drawing machine.

1911 The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory caught fire; 145 of the 153 employees (all girls) were killed.
Jack Ruby1911 Jack Ruby, killer of the man who assassinated President John F. Kennedy, was born.

1918 The Belarusian People's Republic was established.
1918 Sports journalist Howard Cosell was born.
1918 Composer Claude Debussy died.

Simone Signoret1921 French actress Simone Signoret was born.

1932 Film critic Gene Shalit was born.

1934 Gloria Steinem, founder of Ms magazine, was born.

1938 Singer Hoyt Axton was born.

1942 Singer Aretha Franklin was born.

1943 Actor Paul Michael Glaser was born.

1947 Singer Elton John was born.

1957 Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed treaties establishing the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community.

1965 Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 civil rights marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.
1965 Actress Sarah Jessica Parker was born.

1966 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled "poll taxes" unconstitutional.
1966 Musician Jeff Healey was born.

1975 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia died.

1982 Wayne Gretzky became the first player in the NHL to score 200 points in one season.
1982 Auto racer Danica Patrick was born.

Ahmed Sekou Toure1984 Ahmed Sékou Touré, the first President of Guinea, died.

1986 Kurt Browning became the first ice skater to land a quadruple jump in competition.

1992 Actress Nancy Walker died.

2006 Country singer Buck Owens died.

2009 Singer Dan Seals died.

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