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Independence Day (Greece)
1199 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.
1655 Christiaan Huygens discovered Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
1807 The British Parliament abolished the slave trade.
1818 Henry Lee, American Revolutionary War general, died.
1821 Greece gained indepedence from the Ottoman Empire.
1851 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.
Sculptor Gutzon Borglum 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.
1918 The Belarusian
People's Republic was established.
1921 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.
Luther King Jr. led 25,000 civil rights marchers to the
state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.
1966 The U.S. Supreme
Court ruled "poll taxes" unconstitutional.
1975 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia died.
1982 Wayne Gretzky
became the first player in the NHL to score 200 points in
1984 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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